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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

Raji Mangat, Senior Legal Consultant, holds a law degree from the University of Victoria, British Columbia. After graduation, she clerked for the Honorable Justice Frank Iacobucci at the Supreme Court of Canada. Prior to joining Ensaaf, Raji practiced litigation at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP from 2004-2009, where she developed a robust pro bono practice with a focus on public interest advocacy. A member of the bars of Ontario (2004), New York (2005) and British Columbia (2011), Raji also worked at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague and with the International Secretariat of Amnesty International in London, UK. She earned her B.A. in political science at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver and an M.A. in international development studies at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Ottawa.

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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.

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Jasjit Singh Dhanoa, Program Associate, is currently pursuing a J.D. from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. In recent years, he served as the president of University of California, Riverside’s Sikh Student Association, founding “1984 Night,” a seminar aimed at educating students and faculty about the human rights abuses perpetrated against Sikhs in India during 1984. He is a longtime Jakara Movement volunteer, currently serving as a project manager for the organization’s Sikh Youth Conference. He also spent a year teaching Punjabi as a foreign language to high school students in California. Jasjit holds a bachelor’s degree in political science.

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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

Christina Cusolito, Office Manager, holds a bachelor's degree in English from Western Washington University, and has also completed coursework in grant writing, professional writing, and technical writing. Soon after graduating, Christina worked as an administrative assistant at Pyramid Communications, the leading Seattle public relations firm dedicated to serving non-profits. There she gained a solid understanding of public relations and organizational operations. In addition to administrative and accounting tasks, she managed special projects, such as coordinating after-hours fundraisers and recruiting for focus groups. Prior to joining Ensaaf, Christina also worked as a legal assistant.

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