Mallika Kaur


Mallika Kaur is a lawyer and writer who focuses on international human rights with a specialization in gender and minority issues. Kaur has worked with victim-survivors of gendered violence since 2003, including as a crisis counselor, expert witness on intimate partner violence and sexual violence, and as an attorney. In South Asia, Kaur has worked on a range of issues including farmer suicides, female feticide and transitional and transformative justice. In the United States, she has worked on issues including post-9/11 violence, policing practices, political asylum, and racial discrimination. She co-founded a community-based non-profit, Sikh Family Center in 2009 and currently serves as the Chairwoman of the Board of Directors. Working with local civil society, academic institutions, advocacy organizations, and government agencies, she combines research, advocacy, scholarship, and the law as an approach towards sustainable change. Kaur often writes for media and academic publications. She regularly consults and trains on Gender Violence, South Asia, Trauma-Centered Lawyering, Cultural Humility, and International Human Rights. Kaur works at ADZ Law, LLP, a San Francisco Bay Area family law and victims’ rights firm focused on helping families in transition and pursuing justice for crime victims. She is the author of the book Faith, Gender, and Activism in the Punjab Conflict: The Wheat Fields Still Whisper (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019).


J.D., UC Berkeley School of Law
M.P.P., Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

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