A champion for civil rights, former Assistant District Attorney (ADA) and ordained reverend, Rahsaan has been at the forefront of local and national issues that call for reimagining a public safety system that prioritizes restoration, transformation, and healing for people who have experienced harm and accountability for people who have caused harm. When Rahsaan served as an ADA for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, he worked in the DA’s Safe Neighborhood Initiative and Senior Trial Units, prosecuting drug, gang, and homicide cases. Recognizing the lived experience of victims, he worked closely and compassionately with victims and survivors of violent crime, while finding ways to identify less punitive and more restorative and transformative means of dealing with individuals struggling with substance use and mental health disorders.
During his time at the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts and at Lawyers for Civil Rights, he led programs and initiatives that increased community engagement and changed legislative policies. He maintained a litigation caseload of police misconduct, public accommodations and voting rights cases. In 2018, Rahsaan drew national attention for spearheading the What a Difference a DA Makes campaign to educate Massachusetts residents about the power and influence of district attorneys.