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Co-Founders/Co-Directors

Sukhman Dhami, Co-Founder and Co-Director, was the recipient of the 2004 Unity Award from the San Francisco Coalition of Minority Bars and South Asian Bar Association for his outstanding service to the legal community. Sukhman is a 2006 Echoing Green fellow. Sukhman also received a two-year fellowship through the Ford Foundation to address issues of accountability and impunity for human rights abuses in India. He serves on the Advisory Board to the Public International Law and Policy Group, which provides pro bono legal services to states in conflict and transition on issues of peace and conflict resolution and human rights abuses. Sukhman earned his J.D. and M.A. from the American University.

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Jaskaran Kaur, Co-Founder and Co-Director, has authored several seminal reports on human rights abuses in India, including Protecting the Killers: A Policy of Impunity in Punjab, India, Twenty Years of Impunity: The November 1984 Pogroms of Sikhs in India, and, as a contributing author, Reduced to Ashes: The Insurgency and Human Rights in Punjab. Jaskaran is a 2006 Echoing Green fellow. Jaskaran currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Discrimination & National Security Initiative of the Pluralism Project at Harvard University. From 2003 to 2005, Jaskaran was the recipient of the Irving R. Kaufman Fellowship from Harvard Law School. In 2001, she went to Punjab on a Harvard Human Rights Program Summer Fellowship to study the role of the judiciary in handling habeas corpus petitions filed before the Punjab and Haryana High Court by families of the disappeared. Her study was published in the Harvard Human Rights Journal. Jaskaran graduated with distinction from Yale College and Harvard Law School.

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Programmatic

Bachittar A. Singh, Program Manager, graduated from the University of California, Davis, with a Bachelor's degree in Middle East & South Asia Studies and Religious Studies, and a Minor in Entomology. As an undergraduate, Bachittar was actively involved in his college as the founder, and former board member, of the Sikh Cultural Association of UC Davis. Prior to joining Ensaaf, Bachittar served as a Junior Lab Specialist at the Bohart Museum of Entomology at the University of California, Davis.

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Multimedia

Pia Sawhney, Senior Associate, is an award-winning reporter and documentary filmmaker - and has collaborated on productions for PBS FRONTLINE, the Los Angeles Times, Radio Free Europe and Voice of America. She holds a Masters degree in international relations from the Fletcher School at Tufts, a Masters degree in broadcast journalism from NYU, and an undergraduate degree from Bryn Mawr College. Pia has spent much of her career in multimedia communications and human rights.

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Development

Harjit Kaur, Public Relations and Development Associate, developed and led the campaign for the accurate inclusion of Sikh, Dalit, and Muslim history in the California curriculum framework. The California State Board of Education and California Department of Education appointed her as an Instructional Materials Reviewer to evaluate the California curriculum. She also successfully advocated and lobbied for stronger anti-bullying prevention laws in California. Harjit dedicates much of her personal time to advocating for and helping domestic violence victims, survivors, and their families in Sacramento and the Bay Area, and also serves as a Domestic Violence Council Commissioner for the County of Santa Clara. Harjit received the 2016 Community Service Award from the Sacramento South Asian Bar Association and the 2017 Community Impact Award from the Northern California South Asian Bar Association for her outstanding service to the California community. Harjit received her law degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and her undergraduate degree from Sonoma State University. Harjit is also an artist and her artwork can be seen on Facebook and Instagram under KaurArts.

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