Kavitha Sreeharsha

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Kavitha Sreeharsha "is a Senior Staff Attorney at Legal Momentum's Immigrant Women Program. She is widely regarded as an expert both in practice and policy advocacy for immigrant women, and on immigrant domestic violence and human trafficking issues in particular. Previously, she was the Domestic Violence Coordinator at Asian Pacific Islander (API) Legal Outreach in San Francisco where she practiced immigration and family law with an emphasis in serving API immigrant domestic violence and human trafficking survivors. Ms. Sreeharsha wrote a California Judicial Council bench manual, Immigration and Domestic Violence, and has authored language in several California state statutes protecting immigrant domestic violence survivors and trafficked people. She has served as faculty for the Administrative Office of the Courts and Center for Judicial Education and Research in California, and has lectured and trained extensively in the United States and Canada. Recently, she spearheaded efforts of advocacy groups on the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act. She advocates with the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice and serves as an NGO liaison with Department of Homeland Security's Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties by providing technical assistance to advocates and attorneys on VAWA Confidentiality violations. She served on the Board of Directors of Narika, a South Asian domestic violence hotline (6 years), and the South Asian Bar Association, and as co-chair for Freedom Network. She is a recipient of the 2004 Unity Award from the Coalition of Minority Bar Associations and the 2007 Tanya Nieman Award from Partners Ending Domestic Abuse in San Francisco. Ms. Sreeharsha received her J.D. from U.C. Hastings and her B.A. from U.C. Berkeley." [1]

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  1. Kavitha Sreeharsha, accessed July 8, 2009.