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Yasmin Farahi

Senior Policy Counsel

Yasmin Farahi is a senior policy counsel on CRL’s state policy team. Based in Durham, she advises local organizations and lawmakers that are working to eliminate abusive lending practices in their states, with a particular focus on student loans and small dollar lending.

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.

Research & Policy

Our in-depth research of financial practices is intended to guide policymakers and opinion leaders working to improve the state of lending.


March 18, 2021
Borrower Bill of Rights Would Provide Oversight of Loan Servicers St. Paul, MN — A student debt crisis of epic proportions is causing stress and strain for Minnesotans who are struggling to...
October 25, 2019
Continuing state action will hasten fair practices across the industry DURHAM, N.C. – A new wave of state legislation passed in 2019 continues the trend of states addressing abuses in the student...
May 20, 2019 | By Eric Stirgus | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Education experts hope billionaire Robert F. Smith’s surprise announcement Sunday that he’ll pay the student loan debt for this spring’s graduating class at Morehouse College will be a game...
March 1, 2019 | By Eric Stirgus | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Many Atlanta-area students taking courses at a for-profit university are worried about its future because the school’s parent company is in financial trouble and they say officials are sharing scant...