August 22, 2017 (New York, NY) – The Sikh Coalition is excited to announce our new Legal Director, Amrith Kaur. Amrith will assume leadership of the Sikh Coalition’s free legal program.
Outgoing Legal Director, Harsimran Kaur, will remain with the organization in a part-time strategic legal consulting role and will also provide training, support and institutional memory to the legal program.
Amrith joins the Sikh Coalition team with eleven years of litigation experience working as an assistant state’s attorney in Cook County, Illinois. During this time, she served on Cook County’s Hate Crime Advisory Council, served as a liaison with the Department of Justice’s Hate Crime Training Initiative, and led successful projects to identify non-violent offenders for alternative rehabilitation programs.
“The community should continue to expect the very best high impact legal work as we work to secure future landmark victories that protect Sikhs against hate, bullying and employment discrimination,” said Sikh Coalition Executive Director, Sapreet Kaur. “We know that Amrith has the legal expertise and leadership experience that will build on the incredible work that Harsimran has done for this organization.”
In addition to Amrith’s significant legal experience, she also arrives with a strong understanding of the Sikh Coalition’s work. After 9/11, she co-drafted a Senate resolution that successfully strengthened existing hate crime prosecution and participated in the grassroots activism that led to the formation of the organization. To read more about Amrith, click here.
For 16 years, the Sikh Coalition has protected the right to be Sikh by providing free legal assistance in discrimination cases to the Sikh American community, receiving an average of 200 cases per year. We have successfully litigated high-impact civil rights cases that have redefined what’s possible for Sikhs and other religious minorities in America.
Since 2007, Harsimran has been the driving force behind many of our legal accomplishments and strengthened the Sikh Coalition’s reputation as one of the most successful nonprofit civil rights organizations in the country. Through her leadership, we have successfully challenged government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, the U.S. military and defended the rights of Sikhs to practice their faith. Moving forward, she will remain a key advisor, and will work with Amrith to ensure a smooth transition.
We thank Harsimran for her continued service to the organization and the community, and we welcome Amrith to the team!