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C. Dixon Osburn
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C. Dixon Osburn

History-making LGBTQ and human rights advocate

C. Dixon Osburn is the co-founder of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network that led the successful effort to repeal “Don’t ask, don’t tell.” He is a noted expert at the intersection of civil and human rights, national and international security, and democracy.

Dixon served as Director of Law & Security at Human Rights First where he secured legislation to free prisoners from Guantanamo; as Executive Director at the Center for Justice and Accountability where he led efforts to hold accountable in court war criminals around the globe, including Syria’s Bashar Al-Asaad; and as a Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Carr Center for Human Rights Policy where he wrote extensively on human rights and democracy. Dixon received his AB with distinction from Stanford University and JD/MBA from Georgetown.

Dixon has published the Amazon best-seller Mission Possible: The Story of Repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” As a speaker and consultant, Dixon has worked with organizations including Verizon, Netflix and the Open Society Foundations. He is a frequent commentator on television, radio and in print.

Dixon offers a wealth of experience as a civil rights pioneer, having successfully tackled some of the most vexing issues on the national and international stage. Witty, self-deprecating, and incisive, Dixon can speak to social justice and civil rights, leadership, the nexus of law and policy, and how to navigate a hyper-partisan democracy.

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