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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.


April 27, 2022
Hiding Ability to Compare True Costs of Loan Options Lets Lenders Take Advantage of Consumers WASHINGTON – The Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) today released a video for Financial Literacy...
April 22, 2022
About 75% of these business fees are being generated from more than 10 loans a year per person. It's really a debt trap by design. Payday lenders succeed by rolling over loans and getting more loans...
February 17, 2022
RI Senators Introduced Effective 36% Rate Cap Bill Last Week PROVIDENCE, R.I.— After State Senator Ana Quezada and cosponsors introduced S2166 last week, a bill that would cap payday loans at 36%...
February 3, 2022 | By Evan Weinberger | Bloomberg Law
Lawmakers in states that ban payday lending and have other strong consumer protections are likely to take notice of the CFPB’s potential new stance when considering how to treat pay advance products...