Friday, May 6, 2011

Guest Blogger: Mallika Kaur

It's IntLawGrrls' great pleasure to welcome Mallika Kaur (left) as today's guest blogger.
Mallika is the 2010-11 Harvard University Sheldon Traveling Fellow, looking at gender issues in Kashmir. She's currently located in South Asia.
She grew up in Punjab, and has worked on advocacy efforts in the United States since 2001. She combines research, advocacy, scholarship, and international law experience to bring attention to pressing rights issues including, gender discrimination, ethnic conflict and nationalism, and police abuse.
Mallika has worked with the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda appeals team at The Hague, Netherlands. As a volunteer (and former staffer) with the Sikh Coalition, she's worked on post-9/11 hate crime and discrimination issues in New York, California, Massachusetts, and Illinois. In South Asia, she's worked on and written about issues ranging from sex-selective abortions and farmer suicides to police interrogation techniques and politics of internal displacement.
In her guest post below, Mallika discusses concerns that measures have not been taken to avoid the possibility that members of Sikh, Muslim, South Asian, Arab, and other Middle Eastern communities in the United States will suffer backlash in the wake of an event on which IntLawGrrls have commented all this week: the killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
Mallika earned a B.A. from the University of Chicago, a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master's in Public Policy from Harvard University.
Heartfelt welcome!

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