Yvette Butler

Director of Policy & Strategic Partnerships

Yvette Butler is the Director of Policy and Strategic Partnerships at the Amara Legal Center. Ms. Butler leads Amara’s policy initiatives and educates local policy makers on the issues Amara’s clients face. She also leads and collaborates with individuals and entities in task forces and coalitions on the many intersecting issues affecting Amara’s clients. Ms. Butler is also one of Amara’s Virginia attorneys and is responsible for intern and fellow recruitment and hiring.


Ms. Butler has a long standing interest in human and civil rights, especially as those areas relate to individuals who are harmed when their sexuality is used against them. During law school, Ms. Butler researched the potential application of international human rights instruments in recognizing the rights of sex workers. While conducting this research, Ms. Butler became aware of the many intersecting needs of sex workers, survivors of sex trafficking, and others involved in commercial sex. She is determined to assist anyone whose rights have been violated while involved in commercial sex, regardless of the reason an individual is involved. She provides assistance with an emphasis on compassion, dignity, and respect for individual autonomy.


Prior to joining Amara, Ms. Butler was an Attorney Fellow with the federal civil rights litigation firm, Victor M. Glasberg & Associates, in Alexandria, Virginia. She also clerked for a federal magistrate judge in the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota. Ms. Butler holds a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School. She is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia.


Contact Yvette at yvette.butler@amaralegal.org.

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