September 28, 2021 (New York, NY) – Last Friday, more than 100 legal professionals and law students joined the conversation on the core civil rights issues facing Sikhs and other minority groups since 9/11 during the Sikh Coalition’s first-ever virtual legal conference--Realizing Justice For All-
-hosted in partnership with law firms Winston & Strawn LLP and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.
Through the conference, participants learned from leaders, activists, and national experts on topics including combating discrimination and uplifting solidarity based on the intersectionality of race, religion, and class; understanding immigration challenges and helping attorneys better represent clients seeking asylum; and whether the justice system adequately addresses bias crimes in a way that is in fact just.
“Two decades after 9/11, Sikhs and other minority groups still face ongoing challenges at every turn because of their faith,” said Amrith Kaur Aakre, Sikh Coalition Legal Director. “As our organization approaches a milestone 20-year anniversary, we are grateful to everyone who joined and participated in this conference and has committed to helping us make progress for the next 20 years.”
The Sikh Coalition was founded in 2001 in response to a torrent of discrimination and hate-driven violence against Sikh Americans throughout the United States. Two decades later, we continue working in the community, courtroom, classroom, and halls of Congress to ensure Sikhs and other minorities can practice their faith fearlessly.
Thank you to all of our conference speakers and panelists who shared their expertise:
- Gurbir Grewal, Director of Enforcement at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission – Keynote Address
- Erika L. Moritsugu, Deputy Assistant to the President and AA and NHPI Senior Liaison – Special Guest Speaker
- Kalpana Kotagal, Partner at Cohen Milstein
- Damon Hewitt, Executive Director of Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
- Andy Kang, Executive Director of Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition
- Amardeep S. Bhalla, Vice President of Programs at Proteus Fund
- James Sonne, Director for Stanford Law School’s Religious Liberty Clinic
- Deepak Ahluwalia, Founder and Managing Partner at Singh Ahluwalia Immigration Law Firm
- Julia Gelatt, Senior Policy Analyst for Migration Policy Institute
- Maya Berry, Executive Director of Arab American Institute
- Michael German, Expert Fellow at Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law
- Rachel Rossi, Deputy Associate Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice
During the conference, we were privileged to honor our 2021 Pro Bono Sevadar Co-Counsel of the Year, Winston & Strawn LLP Partner Amandeep S. Sidhu. Additionally, we are grateful to the Sikh Coalition's Legal Advisory Committee (LAC) which is instrumental in supporting our legal work. The LAC includes: Anjan Sahini, Partner-in-Charge at WilmerHale; Renita Khanduja, Counsel at WilmerHale; Ruby Kaur, Founder and Managing Partner at Kaur Law PLLC; Deepak Ahluwalia, Founder and Managing Partner at Singh Ahluwalia Immigration Law Firm; Jasmeet K. Ahuja, Senior Associate at Hogan Lovells US LLP; Charan Sandhu, Partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP; and Amandeep S. Sidhu, Partner at Winston & Strawn LLP.
Thank you again to the sponsors who made Realizing Justice For All possible with their support! These sponsors include: Winston & Strawn LLP, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Hogan Lovells US LLP, the National Asian Pacific Bar Association (NAPABA), Goldberg Kohn LTD, and the South Asian Bar Association (SABA) North America Foundation.
As always, the Sikh Coalition urges you to practice your faith fearlessly.