Indian-American lawyer named Immigrant Rights Commissioner


The Immigrant Rights Commission guides the mayor and board of supervisors on issues and policies affecting immigrants living or working in San Francisco.

Updated – 10.35am, Saturday – 24 December 22

Indian-American lawyer appointed Commissioner of Immigrant Rights

New York: Chandigarh-born attorney Kudrat Dutta Chaudhary has become the first immigrant of Indian origin to be sworn in as a commissioner of the Immigrant Rights Commission of the City and County of San Francisco.

The Immigrant Rights Commission guides the mayor and board of supervisors on issues and policies affecting immigrants living or working in San Francisco.

“I am very excited to take on this role and look forward to working in my community in San Francisco,” Chaudhary wrote in his LinkedIn post.

Chaudhary is a specialist in gender, human rights, children’s rights and conflict resolution.

In her role, she will work with asylum seekers who have experienced gender-based violence or persecution in their home countries.

Prior to her new role, Chaudhary worked as an Asylum Law Clerk: Gender Specialist at the Law Office of Robert B. Jobe, according to her LinkedIn profile.

A Law graduate from the Punjab Army Institute of Law, Chaudhary has also guest lectured on feminism, patriarchal violence and gender in international law at Harvard Law School.

Also a published author, her first book, “Laiza: Sometimes the End Is Only a Beginning,” is about human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of women in Nepal following the 2015 earthquake.

Chaudhary, an LLM from The Fletcher School at Tufts University, was selected for aLeading Non-Violent Movements for Social Progress at the Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

In 2014, he won a full scholarship to study Criminology and Criminal Justice at King’s College Summer School in London.

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