Brittany Thomas of Hammond, Louisiana died June 29 after she was shot on Bourbon Street and Trung Le was charged with manslaughter in her death and shooting at another unknown gunman who has not yet been identified. Le was eventually sentenced to 14 years of incarceration as well as receiving two prior manslaughter convictions in separate instances involving other gunshot victims who died by shootings from unknown gunmen in similar incidents.
Prior to this position, she held both John J. Gibbons Fellow and Betha Justice Fellow positions with the Center for Constitutional Rights where she fought against abusive police practices and inhumane immigration policies.
Early Life and Education
Brittany Thomas, an US Foreign Service Officer with extensive expertise and perspectives that led her into international development work, namely leading water security, sanitation, and hygiene (WSSH) programming for USAID’s Sahel Regional Office in Senegal.
Brittany was raised in Mequon, Wisconsin along with her parents and younger sister. At age 7, she joined Phoenixville Area Y Swim Team where she excelled both club competitions as well as high school league meets.
As staff attorney in the Special Litigation Unit and Community Justice Unit, she works directly in communities to address over-policing and challenge discriminatory police practices. Prior to that she served as John J. Gibbons Fellow for Public Interest & Constitutional Law where she brought multiple plaintiff side class actions on their behalf.
Brittany Thomas currently works for North America Government Marketing as the Solution’s Marketer for Video Security & Analytics. As the first of her family to graduate college, she brings with her an innate passion for customer service and marketing that sets her apart.
As a Gibbons Fellow, she successfully challenged unconstitutional policies implemented by the New York Police Department and provided post-settlement enforcement in Ashker v. Carvajal et al. She also provided services on plaintiff side class actions.
Prior to moving to West Palm Beach, Florida she worked at New America’s Open Technology Institute on platform accountability and privacy issues as an intern at the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office. Now residing in West Palm Beach with family and friends she enjoys spending time together while appreciating music and dance as hobbies.
Achievement and Honors
High school found her serving as team captain and earning all-state recognition as four year varsity letter winner, not to mention earning a swimming scholarship and membership into National Honor Society; all while remaining on the Principal’s Honor Roll all four years and serving as Student Council Representative.
At law school, BGT was an ardent champion of students. She mentored and coached multiple student competition teams including moot court, ADR and transactional law; any given semester she would interact with over 100 law students!
As a trombonist, BGT has collaborated with orchestras across the US and internationally – such as the US Army Band “Pershing’s Own”, Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass and numerous symphonies – both nationally and internationally. Her performance has earned her numerous competitions and awards such as Manhattan School of Music’s John Clark Award.
Brittany Thomas, fondly referred to by friends and family as Floey, was an enthusiastic dancer and artist. She competed in over twelve international hip-hop and freestyle dance competitions and earned first place prizes at both Freestyle Session – Los Angeles and Women of Hip-Hop Festival NYC for her performances. Additionally, she was an adoring wife and mother.
She currently works in Legal Aid Society’s Special Litigation Unit and Community Justice Unit as a staff attorney, providing direct support to communities that have been directly impacted. In that capacity, she has prepared numerous complaint letters, FOIA requests, discovery demands and discovery demands; additionally she was selected as a Betha Justice Fellow with the Center for Constitutional Rights to challenge abusive police practices and unfair immigration policies.
She takes great care in providing optimal healthcare and well-being to her patients, and enjoys spending time with her husband, children and three Siberian huskies – as well as spending quality time with family.
Brittany Thomas, with over eight years of experience as a real estate agent, takes great pleasure in helping her clients with all their property needs. She can offer guidance on all aspects of real estate such as negotiation, pricing and marketing.
Le is accused of firing four shots during the incident which resulted in the death of 21-year-old nursing student Brittany Thomas of Hammond, Louisiana and nine others being injured.
As part of the John J. Gibbons Fellowship, she worked in communities impacted by COVID-19 to challenge discriminatory police practices and bring class actions against federal prison systems for failing to protect prisoners against it. When she’s not working or studying, she enjoys traveling and attending Mariah Carey concerts with her mother.