Shikha has declared ambitious goals for her legal career: “to work at a systemic level to advance human rights for vulnerable communities.”
Her plan is the product of years of public interest work. Shikha spent three years with the Yale Child Study Center in the Intensive, In-Home Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Service as a counselor to youth at risk of psychiatric hospitalization and involved in the juvenile justice system. Shikha also worked for six months on the Reproductive Rights Campaign for Human Rights Law Network in West Bengal. At Penn, she has served as a project coordinator for both the Penn Law International Human Rights Advocates and the Innocence Project, a division of the Prisoners’ Education and Advocacy Project. After her first year as a law student, she returned to West Bengal as a Penn Law International Human Rights Fellow to work with Swayam, a Kolkata-based organization working to end violence against women. Shikha spent last summer at the Center for Constitutional Rights, where she worked in the International Human Rights docket.
Shikha plans to return to India after graduation to use legal strategies to strengthen and support grassroots movements for social justice.