Gabriel Sayegh

Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice
Co-Founder and Co-Director

Key Topics: War on Drugs, Drug Policy, Marijuana Policy, Criminal Justice, New Jim Crow, Mass Incarceration, Public Health, Racial Justice, Drug Treatment and Healthcare Reform.

Bio: Gabriel Sayegh is co-founder and co-director of the Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice. For nearly 20 years, Sayegh has worked on campaigns to end mass incarceration the war on drugs, promote fair economies and racial equity, and more. From 2003 – 2015 he worked at the Drug Policy Alliance, in many capacities, including as Managing Director of Policy and Campaigns. At DPA, he led numerous policy reform campaigns in cities and states around the country, including the coalition effort to roll back the Rockefeller Drug Laws in New York, campaigns to reform New York’s marijuana arrests laws and pass medical marijuana legislation, and efforts to reduce overdose fatalities through health-based approaches to drug policy. In each campaign, Sayegh managed three strategic areas: policy advocacy and grassroots engagement; communications; and affiliated c4 and PAC political engagement activities. He has appeared in a wide range of broadcast, online, and print media, including The New York Times, NY1, MSNBC, CBS, NBC, Fox News, Fusion, NPR, Washington Post, Newsweek, Vice, NY Daily News, NY Post, Associated Press, Huffington Post, The Village Voice, Gawker, BBC, and more. He lives in Brooklyn.

He is the author of numerous articles and several reports, including Blueprint for a Public Health and Safety Approach to Drug Policy (the subject of a New York Times editorial) and From Handcuffs to Healthcare: Putting the Affordable Care Act to Work for Criminal Justice and Drug Law Reform.

Selected Speaking Experience

  • Leading the Way: Toward a Public Health & Safety Approach to Drug Policy, DPA and University at Buffalo (Buffalo, NY).
  • And the Ground Shifted: the war on drugs and the future of drug policy in the U.S., Center for Addiction Research Institute for Medical Humanities (Galveston, TX).
  • Histories of the Drug War - Challenging Punishment 2013 Conference, Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University (New York, NY).
  • NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman - Stop & Frisk: A Presentation and Discussion on the NYS Attorney General Report on Stop and Frisk Pratices, New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus Weekend (Albany, NY).
  • TEDxBinghamtonUniversity - Drugs, "thugs," and other things we're taught to fear (Binghamton, NY):