Monami Maulik "has worked as an immigrant, labor, and youth organizer in New York City for several years. In 1999, Monami co-founded DRUM- Desis Rising Up & Moving as one of the first low-income South Asian community-based organizations for social justice in the U.S. DRUM organizes low income South Asian immigrant communities and immigrant detainees for immigrant justice. Prior to that Monami worked with the NY Taxi Workers Alliance, the Women Workers Project at CAAAV (Organizing Asian Communities), TICO (Training Institute for Careers in Organizing), and served on various city-wide coalitions and campaigns around policing, youth organizing, and racial justice. Monami serves on the Advisory Board of the North Star Fund, the Steering Committee of the New York City Organizing Support Center, and on the BRIDGE (Building a Race and Immigration Dialogue in the Global Economy) Trainer’s Bureau. In 2001, Monami received the Union Square Award and the Open Society Institute Community Fellowship of the Soros Foundation. In 2002, Monami received the Jane Bagley Lehman Award from the Tides Foundation in recognition of her organizing for immigrants rights and civil liberties post- September 11, 2001. In 2003, Monami presented at the United Nations Commission on Human Rights Meeting in Geneva and in 2005 at the Global Commission on International Migration. She is currently the Director and Organizer with the Immigrant Justice Program of DRUM."