Carrie Ann Shirota


Policy Director



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Carrie Ann Shirota is the Policy Director at the ACLU of Hawaiʻi, where she works to defend people’s civil rights and civil liberties through lobbying, public education, and other forms of political advocacy.

An attorney with a long history of working on civil rights issues in Hawai‘i, she previously served as the Director for Maui Economic Opportunity’s BEST (Being Empowered and Safe Together) Reintegration Program that provides comprehensive reentry services for returning community members exiting our jails and prisons. She has also worked for the Hawai‘i Civil Rights Commission, the Office of the Public Defender, Parents and Children Together, as a Faculty Counselor and Lecturer at the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College, and most recently as an Equal Opportunity Specialist at the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. Born and raised on Maui, Carrie Ann is a graduate of Baldwin High School, Santa Clara University in California, and the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law