Fred Freiberg

Lecturer in Law

Office: Fair Housing Justice Center
5 Hanover Square, 17th Floor
New York NY 10004
Tel: 212.400.8232
Email: ffreib@law.columbia.edu
Fred Freiberg is one of the nation’s leading experts on the use of testing as an investigative tool to enforce civil rights laws. Since 1977, Mr. Freiberg has supervised and/or participated in thousands of testing investigations involving rental housing, real estate sales, new construction, nursing homes, mobile homes, places of public accommodation, and mortgage lending institutions. He also has testified in depositions and at trial in dozens of fair housing cases.

Mr. Freiberg currently serves as the Field Services Director for the Fair Housing Justice Center of HELP USA. Prior to coming to HELP USA, Mr. Freiberg worked for the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice where he directed a national testing program that he helped to establish in the Division’s Housing and Civil Enforcement Section in 1992. Under Mr. Freiberg’s direction, the program conducted testing investigations and provided evidence for more than 70 “pattern and practice” discrimination cases brought by the United States.

Mr. Freiberg was the first Executive Director of the Sherman Park Community Association (SPCA), a neighborhood organization located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. While at the SPCA, Mr. Freiberg was trained to coordinate fair housing testing in the Housing Market Practices Survey (HMPS), the first nationwide testing study of racial discrimination in the rental and sale of housing sponsored by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in 1977. Mr. Freiberg was a founder and the first Executive Director of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council from 1977-1981. For more than seven years, Mr. Freiberg worked as a private fair housing consultant providing technical assistance and training to public and private fair housing enforcement agencies across the United States before joining the Department of Justice in 1992. From 1999 to 2002, Mr. Freiberg was retained by The Urban Institute to manage the testing in two national research projects. He supervised the testing in a national research study of mortgage lending practices and, more recently, directed the field implementation for the third and largest national study of housing discrimination conducted in the United States.