Veronica Laizure received her Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature after graduating magna cum laude from Hendrix College in Conway, AR. During her undergraduate education, she focused on developing world literature and literary studies, concentrating on Anglophone Africa and Latin America. Through her undergraduate and law school career, she has focused on civil and human rights and multiculturalism, taking advantage of programs that allowed her to study and live abroad in Madrid, Spain; Beijing, China; Gulu, Uganda; and Managua, Nicaragua.
After earning a juris doctorate from the University of Oklahoma College of Law and being admitted to practice in Oklahoma, Veronica joined CAIR Oklahoma as Staff Attorney in 2014 and then expanded her role to Civil Rights Director. Since building the Civil Rights Department, Veronica has served hundreds of clients who experienced religious discrimination and harassment and educated thousands of Oklahoma Muslims on how to secure their own civil rights, establishing CAIR Oklahoma as a leader in the social justice movement in Oklahoma. Veronica is proud to serve on the Board of Directors for the ACLU of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Access to Justice Foundation, and the Asian Task force on Domestic and Sexual Violence, as well as leading the state’s largest legal observer program to safeguard the rights of those exercising their First Amendment rights.
Veronica’s commentary on the state of civil rights in Oklahoma has been published in dozens of local, statewide, and national media outlets, and she is a frequent contributor to workshops, seminars, symposia, and interfaith programs in the social justice world. She is proud to serve the Muslim community of Oklahoma and to build bridges of tolerance, justice, and mutual understanding in the state that she calls home.