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GLOBAL MONITORING
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Discriminatory Policies
10
Individual Incidents
PRO BONO
4,217
Law Firm Hours
$1,674,879
Monetary Value
LEGAL ADVOCACY
20
Our Projects
35
Our Partnerships
UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW (UPR)

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique UN human rights monitoring mechanism because it compiles information from all UN resources (e.g. special procedures, treaty bodies, etc.), encourages NGO participation, and monitors individual State compliance to human rights Recommendations during the review process.



MINORITY RIGHTS

Minority rights are an integral part of international human rights. Minority rights are a legal framework designed to ensure that populations which are vulnerable are able to achieve equality and protected from persecution.



WOMEN'S RIGHTS

Women's Rights are impeded when any distinction, exclusion, or restriction made on the basis of sex which has the effect or purpose of impairing or nullifying the recognition, enjoyment or exercise by women, irrespective of their marital status, on a basis of equality of men and women, of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural, civil or any other field.



RELIGIOUS FREEDOMS

Religious freedom includes freedom of conscience, manifestation, expression, and assembly. This also includes the freedom to not identify with any faith. The suppression of any one of these rights undermines the dignity and autonomy of an individual to forge his/ her own identity.



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Board of Directors
Lesley Wexler, JD, Prof. of Law
Jaspreet Singh, JD
Sean Dougherty, JD
Linda Raftree
Bryan Miller
Hansdeep Singh, JD, LLM
Advisory Committees
* Senior Advisor
EDUCATION
Bobbi Nassar, PhD*
Roop Singh, MA
Hannah Shirey
Nomi Teutsch
FINANCE
Savneet Singh*
Amardeep Chandi
Jaspreet Kaur, JD
LEGAL
Tejinder Singh, JD*
Dan Mach, JD*
Judge Marjory Fields, JD*
Parisa Elahi, JD, MSc
Anika J. Hermann
MARKETING
Kimberly B. McBryan, MSc*
Stefan Prystawik, LLM, PhD
Marcos Gey
Asees Anand, MSc
PUBLIC HEALTH
Courtney Cogburn, PhD*
Prabhjot Singh, MD, PhD*
Tiffany M. Griffin, PhD*
Staff
Jaspreet Singh, Co-founder
Hansdeep Singh, Co-founder

Vision

As societies build walls of separation between communities, ICAAD works to remove each brick to illuminate our common humanity

Mission

The International Center for Advocates Against Discrimination (ICAAD) is a nonprofit organization that combats structural discrimination by challenging legislation, case law, government policy, and cultural norms that negatively impact vulnerable communities. We build the legal capacity of local NGOs, conduct rule of law trainings for judges, law enforcement, and faith leaders; use technology to harness data for litigation; and recruit artists to amplify local issues globally. By leveraging private-public partnerships with law firms, universities, NGOs, artists, and technology companies, we aim for large scale systems change.

Transparency

ICAAD is recognized in the United States as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Your charitable donation is tax-deductible. ICAAD will post important administrative and financial documents in this section to ensure transparency.

Documents

United States Office
International Center for Advocates Against Discrimination
706 Riverside Dr.
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New York, NY 10031

E: info (at) icaadglobal.org
T: www.twitter.com/ICAADglobal
F: www.facebook.com/ICAADglobal
Phone: 917-971-5713
Fax: 646-807-4647
Foundation Stone Donors
Falcon Foundation
Wyckoff, U.S.
Patron
Dasvandh Network
Detroit, U.S.
Benefactor
Chardi Kala Foundation
Los Gatos, U.S.
Benefactor
Baljinder Singh
San Ramon, U.S.
Benefactor
Jasdeep Singh
San Jose, U.S.
Benefactor
Sean Dougherty
New York, U.S.
Benefactor
Donors
Abhishek Awasthi
Irvine, USA
Contributor
Parisa Elahi
New York, USA
Contributor
Satnam Bansal
Lawrenceville, USA
Contributor
Arinder singh chadha
Placentia, USA
Partner
Asees Anand
New York, USA
Partner
Inderpreet K. Singh
Dunwoody, USA
Contributor
Nathalie Meurens
Brussels, Belgium
Contributor
Jacqueline Bevilaqua
West Orange, USA
Contributor
Prub Singh & Simran Kaur
La Crescenta, USA
Partner
Falcon Foundation
Patron
Wyckoff, NJ, U.S.
Dasvandh Network
Benefactor
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Chardi Kala Foundation
Benefactor
Los Gatos, California, U.S.
Baljinder Singh
Benefactor
San Ramon, CALIFORNIA, U.S.
Jasdeep Singh
Benefactor
San Jose, CALIFORNIA, U.S.
Sean Dougherty
Benefactor
New York, NY, U.S.

  
Lesley Wexler, JD, Prof. of Law

Professor Lesley Wexler joined the Illinois Law School faculty in fall 2010, teaching torts, laws of war and international environmental law. Before coming to Illinois, Professor Wexler taught at the Florida State University College of Law. Prior to teaching at Florida State, she spent two years at the University of Chicago Law School as a Bigelow Fellow and Lecturer on Law.

Professor Wexler has broad research interests in international humanitarian law, human rights law, and sex discrimination. Professor Wexler specializes in those legal areas that reflect the movement of anti-discrimination and humanitarian norms through domestic law, international law, social movements, and corporations. She has written on the legitimacy of targeting decisions, the blood diamond trade, and the regulation of depleted uranium and landmines, along with a series of articles on human rights impact statements. Her work has drawn on case studies using DeBeers, Wal-Mart, and Chik-fil-A.

Professor Wexler earned her B.A. with honors from the University of Michigan and her J.D. with honors from the University of Chicago Law School. While in law school, she served on the board of both the Chicago International Law Journal and theChicago Legal Forum.

Professor Wexler has clerked for Judge Thomas Reaveley of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She has also clerked for Judge William Wayne Justice on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. She worked for two law firms: Sidley, Austin, Brown & Wood (Chicago, Washington D.C.) as well as Wilmer Cutler & Pickering (Washington D.C.).


     
Jaspreet Singh, JD

Jaspreet K. Singh is the Co-Founder and Director of Policy & Advocacy for the International Center for Advocacy Against Discrimination (ICAAD), a litigation and advocacy center focused on the eradication of structural discrimination globally and the promotion of human rights norms consistent with public international law.

Jaspreet’s experience includes presenting at the United Nations 62nd DPI Conference on nuclear disarmament between India and Pakistan, assisting in the filing of cases against France before the UN Human Rights Committee, and presenting various civil and human rights issues before UN special rapporteurs, the White House, members of Congress, and other US government agencies. He has worked in New York and other parts of the country on several hate and bias related crime cases, as well as other civil rights campaigns.

He also served as senior editor and researcher of the annual Global Sikh Civil Rights Report, a report that tracks the civil and human rights struggles of the Sikh community globally and has been utilized by the State Department and asylum attorneys. He has written a number of articles on corporate social responsibility, asylum, human rights, and public interest activism.

Jaspreet has handled a diverse portfolio of cases at the state, federal, and international level, and has litigated novel asylum and withholding issues before the United States Court of Appeals of the Ninth Circuit. He has extensive experience in dispute resolution, immigration, asylum and refugee, civil and human rights law, and in public relations.

Jaspreet graduated from Florida State University with a Juris Doctorate degree and Certificate in International law, and is admitted to practice before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and in Georgia. He has his Bachelor’s in Philosophy and Political Science from Emory University in Atlanta, where he was born and raised.

 


     
Sean Dougherty, JD

Sean Dougherty will be joining an international law firm, Linklaters, in their Hong Kong office in the Fall of 2013. Currently, he manages the Small Business Banker’s incentive plans. Before his current role, he served in the Office of the President of Capital One Bank as a Financial Analysis Manager. Previously while at Capital One, he acted as the local CFO for an award winning team initiating an asset sales program eventually executing transactions with principal values over $10B. He chaired the Global Finance Department financial education volunteerism committee, leading the creation of a departmental service program. He also won both the Bank’s and the Company’s highest awards, the Circle of Excellence and the Bank One Award. Prior to Capital One, during his MBA program at Thunderbird, Sean worked as the Corporate Governance Intern at Tyco International, working to build a strong governance function in the wake of corporate scandal. During college Sean acted as Legislative Intern to Vermont State Senator Matthew Dunne. Sean also serves as a Board member at the Coalition for Debtor Education, a non-profit dedicated to providing financial education services to at-risk groups.

Current Position/ Title: Operations Analyst, Specialty Sales Analytics

Education: Fordham, JD, cum laude (2013), MBA in International Finance (2006), BA in Political Science and Asian Studies (2004)

Notable Achievements (e.g. publications, awards, recognition): Capital One Circle of Excellence, Capital One Bank One Award, Fordham Law School Dean’s List, FLS Ruth Whaley Scholar, Fordham Journal of Corporate & Financial Law Editor, Thunderbird Honor Council Member, Thunderbird Student Government member, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Sigma Alpha, Golden Key Executive committee member


     
Savneet Singh*

Savneet Singh is the President and Co-Founder of Gold Bullion International. Prior to founding GBI, he was an investment analyst at Chilton Investment Company where he covered investments in the technology, alternative energy and infrastructure space. Prior to Chilton, Mr. Singh was at Morgan Stanley in the investment banking division where he worked on large financial sponsor and strategic company transactions. Mr. Singh received his B.S. in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University and currently serves on the boards of Ecologic Solutions and Stiki Digital.


  
Tejinder Singh, JD*

Tejinder Singh has represented parties and amici before the Supreme Court and lower courts.  His matters have involved civil rights laws, financial regulation, privacy rights, environmental protection, and gaming statutes.  Prior to joining Goldstein & Russell, P.C., Tejinder was an associate in the Supreme Court and appellate litigation practice at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Washington D.C.  Before that, he was an associate in the London office of Allen & Overy, where he assisted clients with cross-border debt and equity transactions. Tejinder clerked for Judge Diana Motz on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Written Works

Bar Admissions

  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S.C.A., 4th Circuit
  • U.S.D.C., Maryland

Clerkships

  • U.S.C.A., 4th Circuit

Education

  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 2008
  • B.A., University of California at Berkeley, 2004

Dan Mach, JD*

Daniel Mach is the Director of the ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief.  He leads a wide range of religious-liberty litigation, advocacy, and public education efforts nationwide, and often writes, teaches, and speaks publicly on religious freedom issues.  Prior to his work at the ACLU, Mr. Mach was a partner in the Washington, DC office of Jenner & Block, where he specialized in First Amendment law.


  
Courtney Cogburn, PhD*

Courtney Cogburn received her Ph.D. in Education and Psychology from the University of Michigan. Courtney’s research integrates principles and methodologies across psychology, stress physiology and social epidemiology to investigate relationships between stress and racial health disparities across the life course. As a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar at Harvard University, she will focus on: 1) developing a multidimensional measure of racial stress and 2) the role of racial stress and other structural and psychosocial stressors in producing biological vulnerabilities in racial/ethnic minority populations. Courtney contends that “race” does not cause or influence anything but rather there are social, psychological, and physiological phenomena associated with race that are important in considering health within and disparities across racial groups. Accordingly, an overarching goal of her research is to inform theoretical, empirical and measurement issues surrounding the study of “race” in health.


Judge Marjory Fields, JD*

Judge Marjory Fields is a Lawyer in Private Practice, Counsel to Beldock Levine & Hoffman LLP, and a Consultant to NGOs and Governments on domestic violence and violence against women. Throughout her career she has been an advocate for the rights of victims of domestic violence and has led efforts to reform laws to protect victims’ rights.  She has published articles and lectured extensively around the world on the topic of domestic violence, human rights of women, family law, and jurisprudence. 

She received her law degree from New York University School of Law in 1970.
Some of Judge Fields' Notable Achievements:

  • New York State Governor’s Commission on Domestic Violence, Chair, 1979 to 1989;
  • Judge of the Family Court of the State of New York, 1986-1999;
  • Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, 1999-2002;
  • New York Governor's Commission on Domestic Violence Fatalities, 1996 – 1998;
  • Family Violence Task Force, New York Court System, 1995 – present;
  • Family Court Advisory and Rules Committee, New York Court System, 1984 – present;
  • New York State Child Support Commission, 1981-1984;
  • New York State Courts Task Force on Women in the Courts, Advisor, 1984-1986;
  • United States Commission on Civil Rights, Consultant, 1978.

Amardeep Chandi


Parisa Elahi, JD, MSc

Parisa Elahi is a lawyer at a Human Rights NGO. Parisa’s previous experience includes pro bono work with the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (“IRAP”). Through participation with IRAP, she represented a client who had been denied refugee status, and ultimately presented the substantive points of the client’s appeal at the client’s appeal interview at UNHCR’s offices in Amman, Jordan. She has discussed her work with IRAP in a documentary titled My Beloved Enemy. Parisa has also worked with an Ashoka fellow on the implementation of a renewable energy project that emphasizes local community involvement, education and empowerment. She recently spoke at Georgetown Law’s class on Social Entrepreneurship & the Law about her experiences on this project. Parisa is also a member of the Iranian American Bar Association Pro Bono Committee. 


Prabhjot Singh, MD, PhD*

Prabhjot Singh is Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs and Director of Systems Design at the Center for Globalization and Sustainable Development (CGSD) at the Earth Institute.

He studies low-resource social systems, with a focus on integrated development and primary health care delivery.  He is interested in how organizational design and management systems can be actively adjusted to allow communities and workforces to adapt to complex challenges.  His group utilizes technologies like mobile phones and remote sensors to provide reflective-feedback for the management of a community or health of individuals.

Prabhjot Singh has been a leader in the development of Community Health Worker (CHW) systems globally.  In 2011, he chaired the “1 Million Community Health Worker Technical Taskforce,” which provides guidance on how low-income countries can deploy, finance and manage large scale health workforce extension systems to address structural gaps in primary health care delivery (i.e. lack of skilled workers in low-resource settings).  The management systems deployed for CHWs have relevance to other extension workforces, such as in agriculture and education and are active areas of development.

With the multi-disciplinary CGSD team at the Earth Institute, Prabhjot works with low and middle income governments (Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East) on sustainable development planning, with an emphasis on the design and delivery of social systems such as health, education and food.  In the process, his group aims to advance practical solutions to social challenges while contributing to systems science by incorporating real-time feedback and active goal-setting into traditional evaluation methodology.

He is also deeply interested in transferring low-resource techniques to deliver social services from low-income settings to costly environments like the United States.  His group provides technical guidance for City Health Works!, which is utilizing peer coaches and social network based behavior change to manage non-communicable diseases/chronic conditions, based in East Harlem, Manhattan.

Prabhjot Singh received a BS in Developmental Biology and BA in History from the University of Rochester, a PhD in Neural and Genetic Systems from Rockefeller University, Post-Doctoral fellow in Sustainable Development at Columbia University, an MD from Weill Cornell Medical College with further clinical training in internal medicine at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine.  He has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, Earth Institute and the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship.


Bobbi Nassar, PhD*

Dr. Bobbi Nassar was a Professor at Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University's graduate school of social work, from 1977 through 2011. Currently, Dr. Nassar represents the International Federation of Settlements and Neighborhood Centers (IFS) at the United Nations and has since 1991. During this time she has served (an elected position) as Chair of the NGO Committee on Human Rights. She is currently Vice Chair of this Committee. 

Dr. Nassar has been a mental health health clinician since 1967. She's worked with refugee communities for the past 35 years. This work has included providing counseling to torture survivors, human rights training, and leadership development. She is currently on the board of South Asian Council for Social Services. 

 


     
Linda Raftree

Linda Raftree has worked at the intersection of community development, participatory media and ICTs since 1994. She is currently Plan International USA’s Senior Advisor for innovation, transparency and strategic change. She also serves as a special advisor on new ICTs in monitoring and evaluation for the Rockefeller Foundation. Linda has conducted research on adolescent girls and ICTs for UNICEF and mobile technologies in youth workforce development for the mEducation Alliance. She coordinates Technology Salons in New York City and writes ‘Wait… What?’ a blog about new technology and community development. Linda serves on the board of the kiwanja Foundation, and tweets at @meowtree.


Kimberly B. McBryan, MSc*

Kimberly Brown McBryan has worked in development and external affairs for the last decade.  She is currently a Senior Account Executive at DKC Public Relations and Government Affairs, where she works on a variety of non-profit and public affairs accounts.  Previously, Kimberly worked at the Clinton Global Initiative and City University of New York (CUNY).   She is passionate about women's and children’s rights and maintains special interest in the role faith and cultural identity play in discrimination.

Kimberly received a BA in International Studies from Fordham University and an MSc in International/European Politics from the University of Edinburgh.  As an undergrad she interned at The Scottish Parliament for the Labour Party.

Kimberly resides in New York City with her husband Justin.


  
Anika J. Hermann

Anika graduated summa cum laude from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2012 with a double major in Political Science and Communication and a minor in Spanish.  She was awarded the Most Outstanding Senior Thesis in the Department of Political Science for her thesis entitled "Lobby or Litigate: Domestic Mechanisms and Compliance with International Women's Rights Institutions."  Anika is currently a second-year student at the University of Illinois College of Law, where she is a Harno Scholar (top 10% of class) and a Notes Editor of the University of Illinois Law Review.  She is primarily interested in compliance with international human rights law and corporate organization and social responsibility.


Stefan Prystawik, LLM, PhD

Stefan Prystawik works as a publicist in Chicago and Berlin, Germany. With his longstanding experience in individual strategic advice, governmental and non-governmental policy planning and in developing strategic solutions for his clients, he has been advising individuals and public figures such as lawmakers, the legal profession as well as government agencies, NGOs and companies in the U.S. and in Europe.

Stefan holds degrees in public law (LLM, Bielefeld, Germany) and sociology (PhD, Canterbury, U.K.) and has lectured at Kingston University Law School in London. He represents the Council on Global Antidiscrimination as Secretary General and is a Senior Fellow at Research Academy FoSAR in Germany. Stefan presently serves as General Counsel for PRC Law LL.C. as well as EU Coordinator of the European Anti-Discrimination Council.

He is a member of various press organizations and legal and civic associations, such as the Society of Professional Journalists, the American Bar Association and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He is Chief Executive of the Ride for Reading Foundation.


  
Dr. Klaus M. Alenfelder, LLM

Klaus Alenfelder is a lawyer since 1996 and Professor of Business Law at the University of Applied Sciences Northern Hesse. Klaus specializes in anti discrimination law. He represents victims of discrimination, employees, trade unions and works councils across Germany. He is admitted to practice in Germany.

A significant part of his work consists of seminars targeted at lawyers, judges, senior officials, HR Executives with leading national and international blue chip companies both in Germany and on a EU wide level. Since 2010 he regularly gives presentations for legal experts with the Academy of European Law. The Academy is supported by the EU and several other institutions. It provides training in European law to judges, legal practitioners and specialists from NGOs.

He regularly publishes editorials and books on employment and anti discrimination law.

Some of his positions:

  • Member International Law Association, London, (Committee on Feminism in International Law)
  • Council on Global Antidiscrimination, President
  • Head of Research Center on Labor Law and Antidiscrimination Law of the University of Applied Sciences Nordhessen
  • Professor at the University of Applied Sciences Nordhessen (Fachhochschule Nordhessen) since 2007 (lecturer since 2004)

Education & Training:

  • Legal studies, University of Bonn, Germany, 1996
  • Doctorate in law, University of Bonn, 2000, magna cum laude

Publications:

  • Author of the  expert opinion about age discrimination in regulations of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia („Altersdiskriminierung in Vorschriften des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen“), 2008, for the State Ministry of Generations, Family, Women and Integration
  • Racism, Xenophobia and Ethnic Discrimination in Germany 2007, european forum for migration studies (efms), 2008
  • Author of „Protection Against Discrimination in Labor Law“ (Deubner publishing house, two editions since 2006)
  • Professional Article e.g.:
    • Article “Damages in Discrimination Cases”, ERA Forum, Springer, 08/2012
    • “Greedy” plaintiffs and punitive damages, European Employment Law Cases, 12/2011, p. 17-25
    • 01/2010: Statistics As a Means of Prima Facie Proof, Journal on Labor Law and Anti-Discrimination Law (ZAD 1/2010), p. 8 - 21
    • 01/2010: Level of Damages in accordance with par. 15 sec. 2 AGG (Anti-Discrimination Law), Journal on Labor Law and Anti-Discrimination Law (ZAD 1/2010) p. 22 – 43

  
Tiffany M. Griffin, PhD*

Tiffany M. Griffin, PhD is a social psychologist with expertise in inter and intra-group dynamics, linkages between psychological processes and structural discrimination, as well as the implications of identity and discrimination for educational, mental health, and physical health disparities. Dr. Griffin has a wide range of public policy experience including legislative experience in the US Senate, international development experience at USAID, and advocacy experience with the American Psychological Association.
 
Dr. Griffin received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 2009, where she was a NSF Predoctoral Fellow and recipient of the 2008 Innovations in Social Research Dissertation Fellowship. Tiffany’s work has addressed the connections between social psychological processes, social disparities, and public policies in the US, Brazil, sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean. Dr. Griffin also possesses expertise in the areas of experimental research, survey design and research, data analysis and statistics, monitoring and evaluation, writing for publication, grant writing, and editing. Tiffany recently completed an American Psychological Association Congressional Fellowship in US Senator Bingaman’s (NM) office, where her portfolio included health (i.e., Medicaid, patent law, US-Mexico border health, FDA), food/nutrition (i.e., domestic food security, school-based nutrition, SNAP [food stamps]), and vulnerable populations (i.e., TANF [welfare]). Prior to her Congressional Fellowship, Dr. Griffin completed a postdoctoral fellowship at UNC Chapel Hill, worked for the National Poverty Center, and engaged in consulting and service activities focused on ameliorating educational and mental health inequalities. In her "free" time, Tiffany enjoys running her vegetarian and vegan consultancy, Como Water, listening to Afro-Portuguese music, and watching documentaries.

Elizabeth K.Kimundi, LLM, LLB

Elizabeth K. Kimundi is an attorney admitted to practice law both in the United States and other jurisdictions.  She is admitted to practice in the State of New York and the Federal Courts of the Eastern and Southern District of New York.  Internationally, she is admitted to practice before the International Criminal Court, as an assistant to Counsel and is also admitted to the Kenyan bar. 

Ms. Kimundi has both domestic and international legal experience including law firm practice in commercial litigation, product liability litigation, derivatives, mass tort, employment issues including employment discrimination, corporate litigation, real estate, contracts negotiation and drafting, consumer debt issues, and consumer fraud litigation. Additionally, she worked at a World Bank agency, providing legal advice on credit and political risk, and promoting trade into, out of and within Africa.

Ms. Kimundi is a member of the New York City Bar Association and the secretary to the United Nations Committee there in.  The committee and its members are dedicated supporters of human rights and keenly monitor developments in the arena of international law, legal issues, and norms, and such developments that are of particular importance to the Community of Nations.

Ms. Kimundi has published on the subject of International law and jurisdiction of the international criminal tribunals and has co-authored two reports in Public International Law on the disputed African territory of Western Sahara.  The first explores the international law issues involved in the use by Morocco of natural resources within the territory of Western Sahara.  And the second report, analysis the international law supporting the right to self-determination of the people of Western Sahara and the countervailing right of Morocco to territorial integrity.

Ms. Kimundi graduated from New York University School of Law with a L.L.M. in International Legal Studies and from University of Pune, Symbiosis Law College with a LLB. She is a litigation associate at a law firm in Manhattan.


  
Bryan Miller


     
Marcos Gey

Marcos Gey is an architect and multi-medium artist, working with wood and stone sculptures, leather, as well as a video and photography.  Currently he is working on travel photo assignments and freelance architecture. In his travels he picks up his camera to bring home timeless portraits and landscapes. Has won a photography competition price with the Scenic Hudson organization, exhibited internationally and has work in various websites.

In architecture, he’s worked on high end residential and commercial architecture, including a proposal for “Tavern on the Green” and residences for Bruce Springsteen (NJ). Bon Jovi (NJ). or Lauder (CO) ,with many projects being published in highly recognized architectural publications.

He has collaborated with diverse non profits; is a panel Artist advisor member of “ICAAD”, (International Center for Advocates against Discrimination). He has helped create events like “Concert H.O.P.E.” an Earth Day festival raising awarness for the Hudson Valley Environmental Non profits and while on his Honeymoon helped create an improvised concert to raise money for the victims of a flash flood in Leh, India. Marcos Gey work is in numerous private collections, both in the form of photography or sculpture.

Education: BA, Architecture

Notable Achievements (e.g. publications, awards, recognition): 

Photography award from Scenic Hudson Org.

One Life Publication on 2012 Catalog

Architectural projects featured in “Architectural Digest” magazine

 


Roop Singh, MA


     
Hansdeep Singh, JD, LLM

Hansdeep Singh is Co-Founder and Director of Legal Programs for the International Center for Advocates Against Discrimination (ICAAD), a litigation and advocacy center focused on the eradication of structural discrimination globally and the promotion of human rights norms consistent with public international law. His experiences include work at Human Rights Watch (HRW) women's rights and legal division focusing on domestic violence and religious freedom.  At the International Criminal Tribunals of Rwanda and Yugoslavia, he worked with a team of experienced international lawyers in chambers and also with the Office of Prosecution (OTP) to address mass atrocities (i.e. crimes against humanity, war crimes, and genocide).

In 2011, he authored a Report arguing that the treatment of specific minorities by the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) amounted to degrading treatment in violation of Art. 16 of the Convention Against Torture (CAT). He also he co-authored the Global Sikh Civil & Human Rights Report in 2010. 

Additionally, Hansdeep has published extensively in law review journals:

  • Article, European Union: Impact of Airport Security Regulations on Sikhs, 45 THE INT’L LAWYER 385 (2011)
  • Article, Crimes Against Humanity Bill of 2009: The Domestic and International Implications of Addressing Impunity through   National Legislation, 17 ILSA J. INT'L & COMP L. 23 (2010)
  • Note, The Efficacy of Indefinite Detention: Assessment of Immigration Case Law in Kiyemba, 5 U. MASS. ROUNDTABLE SYMP. L. J. 188 (2010)
  •  Article, Critique of the Mrkšic Trial Chamber (ICTY) Judgment: A Re-Evaluation on Whether Soldiers Hors de Combat are Entitled to Recognition as Victims of Crimes Against Humanity, THE LAW & PRAC. OF INT’L CTS. & TRIBUNALS, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 247-296 (2009)
  • Note, Bringing Fairness to Extradition Hearings: Proposing a Revision of the Evidentiary Threshold for Political Dissidents, 38 CAL. W. INT'L L.J. 177 (2007)

Hansdeep graduated Fordham School of Law with a L.L.M. in International Law & Justice and graduated from California Western School of Law (CWSL) with a J.D., and is a member of the New York (and soon to be California) bar. He has his BA in Biology and History from the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, where he grew up.


     
Hannah Shirey

Hannah Shirey recognizes the events of September 11, 2001, and the aftermath as formational in her life. Post 9/11 she went through a process of acknowledging the long history of violence that has been caused by cultural and religious misunderstandings within our global community. This realization ultimately led Hannah to study processes of reconciliation in Morocco, learn the Arabic language and work to improve relations and understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims here in America.

As a Faiths Act Fellow at UNITED SIKHS, Hannah worked to mobilize a diverse set of New York City communities to take inspired action on the Millennium Development Goals through effective communications and community organizing strategies. In October 2012, Hannah joined the New York City Charter School Center team as School Supports Coordinator. In this role, she facilitates communication between the Charter Center and school staff and contractors, ensuring that best practices and excellent resources are reaching children within the NYC public school system.

Current Position/ Title: School Supports Coordinator at the New York City Charter School Center

Education: Hannah graduated from Colgate University in 2011 with a BA in Anthropology and Middle East and Islamic Civilization Studies.

Notable Achievements (e.g. publications, awards, recognition):

Academic Achievements

Magna Cum Laude, Colgate University;  

Thesis: Jacques Derrida’s “Hostil-pitality,” American Muslims, and the Site of Media: Deconstructing America’s Myth of Hospitality;

Professional Achievements

Faiths Act Fellow of The Tony Blair Faith Foundation, 2011-2012;

Bureau Member of the UN-NGO Committee on Freedom or Religion or Belief - NY Chapter, 2011-2012;

Former Co-President of Amnesty International, Colgate University Chapter;

Legal Assistant at Dutton, Braun, Staack & Hellman, P.L.C., Waterloo, IA;

2010 Finisher in the New York City Marathon – Funds raised for The Campaign for Female Education         


  
Nomi Teutsch

Nomi Teutsch is a NIF/Shatil Social Justice Fellow at the ICCI. She is a life-long advocate for human rights, and is passionate about the role of multi-faith action and coalition-building as an effective tool for repairing our broken world. As a woman and a feminist, she is dedicated to pursing gender equity and making the world safer for all people. She continues to explore how interfaith and gender justice intersect.

Education: BA from Wesleyan University, Phi Beta Kappa

Notable Achievements (e.g. publications, awards, recognition):

  • Received High Honors in Philosophy from Wesleyan for Thesis titled “The Intimate and the Invisible: A Theory of Moral Engagement”
  • Nominated for Butterfield Prize at Wesleyan University, “awarded to the graduating senior who has exemplified those qualities of character, leadership, intellectual commitment and concern for the Wesleyan community”
  • Co-secretary of the UN Freedom of Religion or Belief Committee representing UNITED SIKHS
  • Serving as a New Israel Fund/Shatil Social Justice Fellow for the 2012-2013 year, focusing on women’s empowerment across the diverse communities represented in Jerusalem.

  
Jaspreet Kaur, JD

Jaspreet Kaur currently practices criminal law as an Assistant Prosecutor at the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, where she has been prosecuting criminal cases since 2008.  Currently assigned to the Domestic Violence Unit, she counsels victims of domestic violence on their rights and regularly appears before the Grand Jury in court before criminal judges.  Before she took the position as Assistant Prosecutor she was law clerk to the Hon. Margaret M. Hayden.  Jaspreet has volunteered with the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association, the Sikh Coalition, a national civil rights organization and New Jersey Orators, an organization geared towards improving public speaking skills in school-aged children.

Education: Juris Doctor from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey – Newark in May 2007. Bar Admissions: NJ 2007, NY 2008.

 


  
Jacqueline Bevilaqua, JD

Jacqueline Bevilaqua has a passion for fighting against discrimination and working for systemic reform with the aim of creating a more just and safe world for all.

Education: B.A. in Government from Georgetown University 2006, J.D. Fordham University School of Law (2011)

Notable Achievements (e.g. publications, awards, recognition):

Awarded James E. Tolan Human Rights Fellowship (2011-2012)  to work with the Heartland Alliance’s Global Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Advocacy Program in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

Clinic Participant in the Walter Leitner International Human Rights Clinic

Crowley Scholar in International Human Rights

Board Member of Fordham Law Amnesty International

Co-Chair of Fordham OUTLaws (LGBT student group)


  
Ilana Ofgang, JD

EDUCATION

Fordham University School of Law, New York, NY

Juris Doctor, May 2010, GPA: 3.57 (GPA of 3.44 = approximate Top 25%)

Honors: Fordham Urban Law Journal, 2008-2009;

Fordham Law Merit Scholarship and McNamara Scholarship, 2007-2010;

Archibald R. Public Service Award cum laude, Spring 2010;

Ruth Whitehead Whaley Scholar, Spring 2009;

McMahon Fellow, Summer 2009;

Dean’s List, 2007-2008;

Activities: Fordham Student Sponsored Fellowship;

Research, Education, and Advocacy to Combat Homelessness Organization;

Research Assistant for Professors Sonia Katyal and Thane Rosenbaum.

Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT

Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies, summa cum laude, May 2004, GPA: 3.95

Honors: Henry Barnard Award; American Association of University Women Scholarship

Activities: University Scholar’s Program, Jazz Club

BAR ADMISSIONS

Connecticut, 2011; New York, 2011


     
Nathalie Meurens, LLB, LLM

Nathalie Meurens is a Belgian lawyer with in-depth knowledge of Belgian, EU and international law. She currently works as a Legal Advisor for Milieu Ltd. She has been involved in a variety of studies as legal expert and/or project manager including: Member States policies for children with disabilities (or with different abilities) (European Parliament), Study to collect data on children’s involvement in judicial proceedings (DG Justice), Legal framework applicable to racist or xenophobic hate speech and hate crime in the EU Member States (DG Justice), Ad hoc briefing paper on the EU framework of law for children’s rights (European Parliament), Study on the evaluation on the implementation and functioning of the obligation of carriers to communicate passenger data set up by Directive 2004/82 in Belgium (DG Home), Study regarding the compensation of crime victims in internal and cross-border situations (DG Justice), as well as various conformity studies on the implementation EU Directives.

Before joining Milieu, Nathalie was a trainee at the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg. She has worked as an attorney at the Brussels office of an international law firm with a focus on corporate law. She has also completed internships with the Office of Legal Affairs of the United Nations, the New York office of Human Rights Watch, Fondo de Desarrollo Microempresarial, a micro-credit NGO based in Ecuador and New York based Global Policy Forum working on UN policies monitoring.

Nathalie obtained her Licence en droit from Universite Catholique de Louvain, holds a Master degree in European law from Leicester University, UK and a Master of Law with international law focus from University of Toronto, Canada. Between 2009 and 2010, Nathalie studied international affairs and human rights at Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs in New York, USA. During her studies Nathalie carried out research on the impact of UN Security Council resolutions on human rights obligations, on European intellectual property issues and on the intersect of the right to water and international trade regulations on which she completed her Master’s thesis.

Her interests relate to children rights, disability rights and non-discrimination law and policies.


Ranjit G. Singh, LLB, LLM

Ranjit G. Singh is a PhD candidate in Public law at Sorbonne Law School, Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne. His research are related to issues of ICT Law, Data Privacy Law and development of Digital Public Administration, both in France and India. He obtained his Licence en Droit and holds a Master of Law degree in Corporate Law and Digital Law from Sorbonne Law School. He is also an active member of Conseil Représentatif des Sikhs de France, which is representing the French Sikhs Issues with the French Authorities and French Governement. 


     
Asees Anand, MSc

Asees Anand is an independent consultant for various multi-national and political organizations in New York. Prior to living in NYC, Asees began her career in Brussels, Belgium where she worked as a public affairs consultant for GPlus Europe. Asees joined GPlus from the European Commission's Trade department, where she coordinated the department’s engagement with the European Parliament, particularly with regards to the Doha Development Agenda and on-going Free Trade Agreements. In that context she was also responsible for drafting a report on future implications of the Lisbon Treaty on the relationship between the European Parliament and European Commission’s Directorate General of Trade.

Previously, Asees was with the World Federation of Advertisers, headquartered in Brussels, where she worked on international advertising and communication issues.  She also dealt with issues on brand management and sustainable development with regards to commercial communications within the European Union.

Education:

Asees holds a Masters Degree in Politics and Government of the EU from the London School of Economics & Political Science. She also graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University with a double concentration in International Politics and Conflict and Security. In addition, she has studied at Al-Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco and at Insitut d'Etudes Politiques (Sciences-Po) in Paris, France.

Personal Background & Passion:

Born in Kobe, Japan, Asees moved to the USA at the age of 5. She has traveled extensively throughout Europe, North Africa and Asia and speaks fluent English and French, and has basic knowledge of Hindi, Punjabi and Japanese. Asees is also a trained singer in Musical Theatre/Opera, Pop, and Kirtan (Sikh hymns).

Asees currently resides in NYC with her husband, Harpreet Singh Anand, and daughter.


     
Jaspreet Singh, Co-founder

Jaspreet K. Singh is the Co-Founder and Director of Policy & Advocacy for the International Center for Advocacy Against Discrimination (ICAAD), a litigation and advocacy center focused on the eradication of structural discrimination globally and the promotion of human rights norms consistent with public international law.

Jaspreet’s experience includes presenting at the United Nations 62nd DPI Conference on nuclear disarmament between India and Pakistan, assisting in the filing of cases against France before the UN Human Rights Committee, and presenting various civil and human rights issues before UN special rapporteurs, the White House, members of Congress, and other US government agencies. He has worked in New York and other parts of the country on several hate and bias related crime cases, as well as other civil rights campaigns.

He also served as senior editor and researcher of the annual Global Sikh Civil Rights Report, a report that tracks the civil and human rights struggles of the Sikh community globally and has been utilized by the State Department and asylum attorneys. He has written a number of articles on corporate social responsibility, asylum, human rights, and public interest activism.

Jaspreet has handled a diverse portfolio of cases at the state, federal, and international level, and has litigated novel asylum and withholding issues before the United States Court of Appeals of the Ninth Circuit. He has extensive experience in dispute resolution, immigration, asylum and refugee, civil and human rights law, and in public relations.

Jaspreet graduated from Florida State University with a Juris Doctorate degree and Certificate in International law, and is admitted to practice before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and in Georgia. He has his Bachelor’s in Philosophy and Political Science from Emory University in Atlanta, where he was born and raised.


     
Hansdeep Singh, Co-founder

Hansdeep Singh is Co-Founder and Director of Legal Programs for the International Center for Advocates Against Discrimination (ICAAD), a litigation and advocacy center focused on the eradication of structural discrimination globally and the promotion of human rights norms consistent with public international law. His experiences include work at Human Rights Watch (HRW) women's rights and legal division focusing on domestic violence and religious freedom.  At the International Criminal Tribunals of Rwanda and Yugoslavia, he worked with a team of experienced international lawyers in chambers and also with the Office of Prosecution (OTP) to address mass atrocities (i.e. crimes against humanity, war crimes, and genocide).

In 2011, he authored a Report arguing that the treatment of specific minorities by the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) amounted to degrading treatment in violation of Art. 16 of the Convention Against Torture (CAT). He also he co-authored the Global Sikh Civil & Human Rights Report in 2010. 

Additionally, Hansdeep has published extensively in law review journals:

  • Article, European Union: Impact of Airport Security Regulations on Sikhs, 45 THE INT’L LAWYER 385 (2011)
  • Article, Crimes Against Humanity Bill of 2009: The Domestic and International Implications of Addressing Impunity through   National Legislation, 17 ILSA J. INT'L & COMP L. 23 (2010)
  • Note, The Efficacy of Indefinite Detention: Assessment of Immigration Case Law in Kiyemba, 5 U. MASS. ROUNDTABLE SYMP. L. J. 188 (2010)
  •  Article, Critique of the Mrkšic Trial Chamber (ICTY) Judgment: A Re-Evaluation on Whether Soldiers Hors de Combat are Entitled to Recognition as Victims of Crimes Against Humanity, THE LAW & PRAC. OF INT’L CTS. & TRIBUNALS, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 247-296 (2009)
  • Note, Bringing Fairness to Extradition Hearings: Proposing a Revision of the Evidentiary Threshold for Political Dissidents, 38 CAL. W. INT'L L.J. 177 (2007)

Hansdeep graduated Fordham School of Law with a L.L.M. in International Law & Justice and graduated from California Western School of Law (CWSL) with a J.D., and is a member of the New York (and soon to be California) bar. He has his BA in Biology and History from the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, where he grew up.