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Aadika Singh L’17

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Before law school, Aadika Singh was the policy associate for Rights Working Group (RWG), a coalition of more than 350 local, state and national organizations working in the areas of immigrant rights, national security, and criminal justice. She furthered the coalition’s anti-racial profiling campaign through administrative and legislative advocacy, which included garnering support for the End Racial Profiling Act and curbing federal immigration enforcement and national security programs that threatened due process and equal protection rights. Aadika also represented the coalition in hearings before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and directed RWG’s efforts during the United Nations (UN) Universal Periodic Review of the U.S. and the UN review of U.S. compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)—efforts which significantly increased pressure on the Obama White House to tackle the racial profiling problem in the United States. In 2012, she was a member of the U.S. Human Rights Network’s national task force on the ICCPR.

Prior to her experience at RWG, Aadika served in the Human Rights Program of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), researching domestic human rights violations related to national security and immigration policy. She supported advocacy around the ACLU’s monitoring of the proceedings at the Guantanamo military commissions and impact litigation including David, et al. v. Signal International, LLC, et al., a case filed on behalf of more than 500 Indian men trafficked into the United States and forced into involuntary servitude. Prior to joining the ACLU, she managed a team that analyzed data and made recommendations for remediation of polluted sites globally for the non-governmental organization, Blacksmith Institute.

Aadika graduated with highest distinction from University of Rochester and subsequently co-founded the University of Rochester Alumni for Social Responsibility.  Aadika initiated and directed an Arabic/English language learning and conversation exchange program serving Arab immigrants in New York City. She is an art and theater buff, an Olympic-distance triathlete, a hiking enthusiast and an accomplished home-chef specializing in Punjabi and French cuisines. She is a native speaker of Hindi and Punjabi and has advanced fluency in Spanish. Following law school, Aadika hopes to continue advancing protections in the areas of criminal justice and immigration and work for an organization challenging discriminatory laws and policies through integrated advocacy that includes both impact litigation as well as administrative and legislative advocacy.