Judge Laura Safer Espinoza is a retired New York State Supreme Court Justice who served in New York and Bronx Counties for twenty years. She was Deputy Supervising Judge for five years. Justice Safer Espinoza helped to design, and became the first presiding judge of, the Bronx Treatment Court, an innovative alternative to incarceration for non-violent offenders.
Justice Safer Espinoza has an extensive history of work with government, human rights and legal organizations in the U.S. and Latin America. She has taught and lectured extensively on judicial transparency in Latin America, working with numerous organizations – including the U.S. Department of State, the Conference of Western Attorney Generals, law schools, universities, governments and non-governmental organizations – to support law reform efforts by training advocates in more transparent legal systems. From 2009 through 2011, she designed and directed trainings for thousands of judges and attorneys in Mexico. Judge Safer Espinoza has also helped to launch and advise treatment courts in Chile and Brazil. She authored the keystone chapter of Chile’s first book on alternative courts in 2006.
Justice Safer Espinoza received her B.A. from Barnard College and her J.D. cum laude from New York Law School. She is a recipient of the City University of New York’s Women in the Law Award and a 2015 Purpose Prize from Encore.org.