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Nora Benavidez

Director of U.S. Free Expression Programs, PEN America

Nora Benavidez is the director of PEN America’s U.S. Free Expression Programs, where she guides the organization’s national advocacy agenda on First Amendment and free expression issues. She manages PEN America’s media literacy and disinformation defense program, which works with communities and newsrooms to equip online users with tools to better combat the spread of disinformation. Benavidez is a lawyer by training, and prior to joining PEN America, she worked in private practice and at the ACLU of Georgia as a civil and human rights litigator. She has litigated significant cases representing victims of voting rights violations, unconstitutional police practices, and other First Amendment infringements. She has partnered with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Election Protection to provide emergency litigation support every election cycle.

State Expertise: National, Ga.
Speaks: English, Spanish

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