EJS’s Lisa Holder on NPR’s ‘On Point’ Discussing DNA and Civil Rights

EJS Interim Legal Director Lisa Holder was a guest on today’s NPR On Point radio show to discuss the civil rights implications of new DNA technology.


EJS, the Center for Genetics and Society, and Pete Shanks, in December 2018 filed suit against the State of California for its collection and retention of genetic profiles from people arrested but never convicted of any crime.

The suit argues that retention of DNA from innocent people violates the California Constitution’s privacy protections, which are meant to block overbroad collection and unlawful searches of personal data.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the Law Office of Michael T. Risher represent the plaintiffs.