On the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center pauses to remember the lives lost in that tragedy and honor the people who rushed valiantly to the front lines. The 9/11 Memorial, with its twin waterfall pools, sits just steps from the CSG Justice Center’s New York City headquarters—a poignant and persistent reminder of the moms and dads, husbands and wives, children and friends who perished in a senseless act of violence.

Among those lost to us on 9/11 and in its aftermath were first responders—firefighters, law enforcement officers, and EMTs. First responders are among the CSG Justice Center’s closest partners in our efforts to build safer and stronger communities. Often, we see their everyday heroism as they serve on the front lines to protect public safety and adopt innovative strategies to connect people to needed services across the country. Today, we’re reminded of the extraordinary heroism of those who rushed toward danger to bring others to safety.

We honor the service of all those who responded—at the Twin Towers; at the Pentagon; in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. We remember the people we lost on 9/11, and we celebrate the strength and resilience of our hometown—New York City—and our country.

 

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Megan Quattlebaum
Director
As director of the CSG Justice Center, Megan Quattlebaum leads a staff of approximately 120 who work across an array of specialties that span the criminal justice continuum to develop research-driven strategies to increase public safety and strengthen communities. Before
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joining the organization, Megan most recently served as a research scholar in law and the program director of the Justice Collaboratory at the Yale Law School, where she taught as well as developed and oversaw research projects and led the organization’s work on behalf of the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice. She was also the Senior Liman Fellow in Residence for the Arthur Liman Center for Public Interest Law and served as a lecturer in law at Columbia Law School. Additionally, she has served as a practicing criminal and civil defense attorney with Zuckerman Spaeder LLP in New York and an Arthur Liman Public Interest Fellow and attorney at the Neighborhood Legal Services Association in Pittsburgh. She also clerked for the Hon. Julio M. Fuentes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and her JD from the Yale Law School.
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