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Anisha Singh: The youngest civil rights champion in US

Anita Singh, Campaign Manager for Legal Progress at American Progress

Washington, Sep 13 (UITV)- Anita Singh is the Campaign Manager for Legal Progress at American Progress. She is the youngest civil rights champion and is a known face among the Indian community, especially Sikh Americans.

She previously served as a policy attorney and project manager for United Sikhs, where she focused on human and civil rights advocacy on behalf of minority communities internationally, with an emphasis on post-9/11 discrimination concerns.

She also founded the national Anti-Bullying Champaign in partnership with the White House Anti-Bullying Initiative and acted as sole counsel for female clients seeking legal status under the Violence Against Women Act.

Anisha began her successful law career almost immediately after stepping into Florida State University (FSU) in 2005. Her impressive law career got her early recognition and it’s no wonder that she was featured in Frobes 30 Under 30 for law and policy earlier this year.

Two tragic events assured Singh that she was interested in public interest and civil rights law, beginning with the social injustice she saw after September 11, 2001. As a student at the University of Virginia School of law Immigration Law Clinic, she was handed a complex case involving the victim of domestic abuse. Despite of the slim chance, Singh was able to successfully defend the woman’s case for legal status and chance to live and work in America.

Later in 2006, she heard about a Sikh inmate who was being transferred to a Florida prison where he was required by law to cut off his hair, which would have violated his religious rights. She went on to create a resolution to transfer the inmate to a Vermont prison where he would be able to observe his religion. The two cases got her national media attention.

Singh brings with her more than nine years of experience in public interest and social justice work, as well as strong grassroots-organizing background. In five years, she sees herself continuing to work in social justice in Washington, hopefully growing a louder and more influential voice for the communities that need their voices heard the most.