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Yasmin Farahi

Deputy Director of State Policy & Senior Policy Counsel

Yasmin Farahi is a deputy director of state policy and senior policy counsel based out of CRL’s Durham, North Carolina office. She advises local organizations and lawmakers that are working to eliminate abusive lending practices in their states, with a particular focus on small dollar lending and student loans.

Prior to joining CRL, Yasmin was a civil rights attorney at Disability Rights NC working with clients who faced barriers to full participation in community life. She was also a consumer protection and employment law attorney at Legal Services of Southern Piedmont in Charlotte, NC, focused on helping homeowners facing foreclosure during the financial crisis.

Yasmin graduated with honors from N.C. State University with degrees in Political Science and Philosophy and received her law degree from New York University School of Law. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, exploring the local food scene, and spending time outdoors with her family.


October 19, 2022 | By Naomi Snyder | Bank Director
“There’s just a history of targeting these financially vulnerable communities, communities of color and lower income communities,” says Yasmin Farahi, senior policy counsel at the Center for...
September 26, 2022
CRL: 85 percent of survey respondents suffer negative consequences from larger, longer-term loans with triple-digit interest WASHINGTON, DC – High-cost installment loans, taking a rising share of...
September 8, 2022
400% Interest Payday Loans Lead Borrowers into Long-Term Debt Trap DURHAM, NC – The Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) today released the first episode of its “In Focus” video series, designed...
June 13, 2022 | By Laura Hautala | CNET
Worker earnings, whether from low wages or limited hours, are the very reason EWA apps can endanger their finances, says Yasmin Farahi, senior policy council for the Center for Responsible Lending. "...