Ayanna Sorett

The Center for Justice

Ayanna Sorett is a Fellow at Columbia University's Center for Justice and a lecturer in the Department of African and African American Diaspora Studies. Before her time at Columbia University, Ms. Sorett spent 15 years as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office. At the D.A.'s Office, Ms. Sorett began her career in the Trial Division, where she prosecuted violent street crimes as well as domestic violence and identity theft cases. She has also prosecuted white-collar cases in the office's Investigation Division. Ms. Sorett also spent time in the Crime Strategies Unit in the Manhattan DA's Office, where she was responsible for coordinating law enforcement strategies in Central Park, the Upper West Side, and Central Harlem. Ms. Sorett concluded her tenure in the Violent Criminal Enterprises Unit, where she prosecuted homicides, gangs, and gun trafficking conspiracies. Ayanna is a graduate of Tufts University and Northeastern University School of Law.