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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, with 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. He is also involved with The Sikh Coalition, where he volunteers as an Advocate.

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Punit Khalsa, Program Associate, is currently pursuing a B.S. in Community and Regional Development with a focus on Global Studies at the University of California, Davis. She is a five-year champion of the International Yudh Gatka Tournament and currently teaches Gatka through the California Gatka Dal at Misl Fremont in Gurdwara Sahib, Fremont and UC Davis. Punit has been actively involved in her college as the founder and former board member of the Sikh Cultural Association of UC Davis. She is a longtime youth volunteer at Gurdwara Sahib Fremont, organizing annual Gurmat Camps, workshops, and presentations aimed at children and teenagers throughout California. Punit is a student of Ustad Professor Ranjit Singh ji of the Bhai Mardana Institute of Music focusing on Tabla. She also studies Kirtan under Professor Dalbir Singh ji.

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Parwaz Sra, Program Associate, interned with Ensaaf in early 2013 before transitioning to full-time work in September. She recently graduated from University of California, Berkeley, with a bachelor's degree in political science. As an undergraduate, she conducted video interviews for the 1947 Partitions Archive, and was a research intern for the Institute of Development and Communication in Punjab.

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Multimedia

Satinder Kaur, Multimedia Director, is a filmmaker interested in telling stories that highlight and explore social justice issues. She received an MFA in film production from University of Southern California, School of Cinematic Arts, and is the recipient of the James Bridges Award for excellence in film directing. Satinder is also a U.S. Army veteran, and served as a preventive medicine specialist during her year-long deployment to Baghdad. Prior to her deployment, Satinder completed a B.A. in journalism from University of Washington, and wrote for various community papers.

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Development

Ambri Pukhraj, Development Director, has a background in education, having taught English at Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) schools for four years, including two years as a Teach For America corps member. In addition to leading Ensaaf's fundraising program, Ambri also currently serves as the Program & Operations Manager at the International Child Resources Institute. She is also involved with the Berkeley Free Clinic, where she volunteers as an HIV Test Counselor. Ambri holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science, with an emphasis on Asian studies.

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Administration

Sandeep Kaur, Office Manager, holds a degree in Medical Billing and Coding. She has a background in education, having worked as a billing and coding instructor at Heald College in Stockton, California. Sandeep also has extensive experience in coordinating religious camps, seminars, and workshops for children and teenagers. In addition to lecturing at these events and at Gurdwaras, she contributed a segment on a daily radio show aimed at educating individuals about Sikhi.

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