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Chandra Bhatnagar, L’01

Senior Staff Attorney, Human Rights Program at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Bhatnagar is a senior staff attorney with the Human Rights Program at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).  Bhatnagar’s practice centers on the intersection of racial justice and immigration with specific focus on the rights of low-wage immigrant workers, undocumented workers, and guestworkers. He is also involved in advocacy regarding the use of international and foreign law in U.S. courts and the domestic implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD). He is the principal author of The Persistence of Racial and Ethnic Profiling in the United States (2009), a report submitted to the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. 

Prior to joining the ACLU, Bhatnagar was a staff attorney and Skadden fellow with the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, where he directed the South Asian Workers’ Project for Human Rights, a community-based project providing legal services to low-wage workers from South Asia. Previously, he was the assistant director of Columbia University’s “Bringing Human Rights Home Project,” where he worked to improve conditions affecting post 9-11 detainees and efforts to organize a coalition of human rights defenders in the United States. Bhatnagar has also worked internationally, partnering with a leading NGO in India in applying human rights standards to their anti-child labor/bonded labor campaigns..  

After receiving his JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Bhatnagar obtained an LLM with a focus in international human rights from Columbia Law School.