Monique Harden is the Assistant Director of Law and Policy and the Community Engagement Program Manager at the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice. The Center provides research, education, community and student engagement support, as well as worker training in environmental careers. Ms. Harden has more than 20 years of achievements in the practice of law that have helped predominantly
African American communities win significant environmental justice victories in the Gulf Coast Region. She is the former co-director of Advocates for Environmental Human Rights, a public interest law firm whose representation of Mossville Environmental Action Now achieved the international precedent that environmental racism is a human rights violation and U.S. residents have the right to seek remedies for it at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. She is the architect of the Gulf Coast Fund for Community Renewal and Ecological Health, the first of its kind community-driven philanthropy in response to the systemic oppression laid bare by Hurricane Katrina. Ms. Harden has authored papers and lectured on the right of people to live in a healthy environment and the duties of government to protect this right. She has spearheaded local, regional, and international coalitions in support of communities advocating for the human right to a healthy environment. She works to democratize policymaking on environmental matters by supporting community-based organizations to engage policymakers in preventing pollution that harms their health and warms our planet.