Expertise: Immigration, detention, civil rights litigation, civil liberties

Scott Shuchart is a senior fellow at American Progress. From 2010 to 2018, he was the senior adviser to the Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), where he worked extensively on immigration enforcement, detention and custody, and border security, with an emphasis on data-driven analysis to identify civil rights and civil liberties violations. While at DHS, Shuchart led efforts to ensure that U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement’s Secure Communities initiative and other programs respected civil rights and avoided racial profiling.

Prior to joining the federal government, Shuchart was a litigator at Altshuler Berzon LLP in San Francisco and Boies Schiller and Flexner LLP in New York. He then taught at the Yale Law School Supreme Court Advocacy Clinic from 2008 to 2010, which won several important cases in the Supreme Court, including the landmark asylum case Negusie v. Holder. From 2003 to 2004, Shuchart clerked for Judge Marsha S. Berzon on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He is also a member of the New York and District of Columbia bar associations. Shuchart holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, a bachelor of philosophy from Oxford University, and a J.D. from Yale Law School.