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Colette Pichon Battle
Director/Attorney
Phone: (985) 643-6186
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Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy
620 Oak Harbor Blvd.
Ste. 203
Slidell, LA 70458


Type of Asset Work
Community Practitioner

Area(s) of Expertise
Business/microenterprise, Land, Wealth Disparities, Workforce development/access to good jobs

Specific Population Focus
African Americans, Immigrants, Native Americans, Other

Colette Pichon Battle, Esq. is a native of Louisiana who has worked with leaders in Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and Texas toward multi-racial cross regional alliance building around human rights and anti-poverty issues. In 2006, Colette co-founded Moving Forward Gulf Coast, Inc. to help with the equitable rebuilding of impacted communities recovering from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. In 2007 Colette received recognition from that American Bar Association and in 2008, she was awarded the U.S. Civilian Medal of Honor for the state of Louisiana- both awards were for her work in the Katrina recovery throughout the Gulf Coast. Colette currently serves as Director of the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy (at Moving Forward Gulf Coast) with projects focused on Immigration, Community Economic Development, Land Sovereignty and Disaster Assistance. Colette's legal specialization is in Immigration and Naturalization Law. Her current work spans from developing advocacy initiatives targeting state and federal immigration reform, to providing legal and advocacy services to communities of Color impacted by the BP Oil Crisis, and developing alternative economic structures for women entrepreneurs in the US South. Ms. Pichon Battle earned her Bachelor's Degree in International Studies and World Religion from Kenyon College, is a former Thomas J. Watson Fellow (Morocco, Mauritania and Senegal) and a graduate of the Southern University Law Center. She is Director of Action for her local NAACP and a member of the Louisiana State Bar.