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Thania Clevenger, Esq.

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Since December 2011, Thania Diaz Clevenger has served as CAIR-Florida’s Civil Rights Director. Thania directs CAIR-Florida’s legal program that fields hundreds of yearly complaints on a broad range of civil liberties issues. She manages staff attorneys, support stuff, and student interns. She also oversees the organization’s litigation docket, determines case strategies, implements the department’s proactive programs, and conducts “Know Your Rights” seminars throughout Florida. Thania is honored to lead the organization in its mission to protect the civil liberties of all Americans through legal advocacy.

Ms. Clevenger was born and raised in Key West, Florida. Her parents, who were entrepreneurs in the restaurant industry, taught her the value of hard work and persistence. As Cuban immigrants who lived under a communist regime, they also taught her to treasure and defend the freedom and equality that they found in the United States.

Thania graduated Magna Cum Laude from Saint Leo University with a degree in Criminal Justice. She subsequently graduated from Stetson University College of Law where she received an award for her outstanding commitment to community service and many hours of pro bono work. Thania was admitted to the Florida Bar in July 2012.

During her time at Stetson University College of Law, Thania rediscovered her passion for justice and equality and she concentrated her studies on the protection and furtherance of civil rights. She participated in a formative, experience-based travel course centering on the role of the judiciary in the Civil Rights Movement. Along with her class, Thania travelled the American South and visited cities with connections to the Civil Rights Movement. She had many moving, personal conversations with Freedom Riders, activists, civil rights lawyers, and others involved in the Movement. These experiences cemented Thania’s commitment to advocate for equality and the protection of civil rights.

Prior to joining CAIR-Florida, Thania was a member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission where she investigated employment discrimination claims.

During her free time, Thania enjoys spending quality time with her family in the Tampa Bay Area.