Recognized by The Guardian (UK) as one of the "World's Top 100 Inspiring Women", Jayshree Satpute is a human rights lawyer and co-founder of Nazdeek. Jayshree has extensive experience advocating at the Supreme Court of India and various High Courts. Her groundbreaking work has focused on the protection of slum dwellers, refugees, poor women and children with cases such as Court of Its Own Motion v. Union of India, W.P. (C) 5913/2010 which resulted in the construction of shelter homes for homeless pregnant and lactating women. Previously, Jayshree was the Director of Litigation at the Human Rights Law Network (HRLN), India's largest public interest organization, and has been appointed as amicus in several cases. Jayshree was selected by the White Ribbon Alliance as one of the seven young advocates from developing countries to attend the "Women: Inspiration & Enterprise" symposium in NY, USA. She has co-authored "The Right to Safe Motherhood Through Litigation: The Indian Story,' in the book Social and Economic Rights in Theory and Practice: A Critical Assessment, Routledge Press UK 2014 and co-edited the book "Refugee and Law 2nd Edition", HRLN 2011. Jayshree received her L.L.B. from Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar University College of law, Nagpur and her L.L.M. from City University London.
Sukti Dhital is a human rights lawyer and Co-founder of Nazdeek. She has nearly a decade of frontline human rights experience using grassroots legal education and grievance remedies to advance social and economic justice.
Previously, Sukti was the Director of the Reproductive Rights Unit at the Human Rights Law Network (HRLN) and assisted in securing landmark judgments on access to maternal health care, nutrition and housing including Laxmi Mandal v. Deen Dayal Harinagar Hospital & ORS, W.P.(C) 8853/2008, the first decision in the world to recognize maternal mortality as a human rights violation and to award constitutional damages. Sukti has also worked at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Reproductive Freedom Project, where she provided legal and policy support on a range of issues including medical care provided to women in custodial settings, and served as a litigation associate at the firm of Bingham McCutchen LLP. There, she assisted on appellate matters including multiple cases tried before the United States Supreme Court. Sukti received her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her Juris Doctorate (JD) from the Northeastern University School of Law. Sukti has participated in a number of speaking and teaching engagements including Harvard University's School of Global Health Rights Program and co-authored "The Right to Safe Motherhood Through Litigation: The Indian Story", in the book Social and Economic Rights in Theory and Practice: A Critical Assessment, Routledge Press UK 2014.
Francesca Feruglio is a human rights researcher and activist with a focus on socioeconomic rights and legal empowerment. Prior to co-founding Nazdeek, Francesca worked with international and grassroots organizations, both in Europe and in India, on issues of community accountability, discrimination and access to essential services for excluded communities such as migrants, women and ethnic minorities. In India, she contributed to the success of landmark cases addressing violations of reproductive rights, food security and housing rights for women, Dalits and indigenous people.
Currently, Francesca is also engaged as a Research Officer at the Institute for Development Studies in Brighton, UK, where she works on research and evaluation of legal empowerment and community accountability strategies for expanding access to health and nutrition. Her academic interests focus on the use of the law as a tool to counter socioeconomic inequality and address power abuses. Francesca holds a B.A. in History and Anthropology from University of Padua, Italy and a LL.M in International Human Rights Law from the National University of Galway, Ireland.
Consultant, Delhi Justice Program Associate
Avantee is a sociologist with a background in Gender Studies. Avantee has previously worked on issues of displacement, land acquisition, mental health laws, sexuality, women and child rights in the capacity of a researcher and trainer. Avantee has also been a translator for New York City Alliance against Sexual Assault on multiple studies on behaviors and experiences of immigrant victims of VAW.
Avantee received her B.A. from K.C College, Mumbai where she worked on developing the Certificate Course in Gender Studies introduced in 2014. During her time there, she dealt with numerous cases of sexual harassment. Avantee has been a ballroom dancer, freelanced as an Artist, acted in short films and performed at National Centre for Performing Arts, Mumbai. Avantee was born in Singapore and resides in New Delhi, where she is currently pursuing a post graduate in human rights, international humanitarian and refugee law.
Consultant, Assam Justice Program Associate
Arpana initially worked with Nazdeek as a volunteer in the End MM Now Project. Before then, she worked as a Field Researcher with PAJHRA, an Adivasi empowerment organization in Assam and on the Community Health and Development Programme at Baptist Christian Hospital, Tezpur.
Arpana completed her Bachelor's of Commerce from Darrang College, Tezpur, Assam and her M.A. in Mass Communication and Journalism from Tezpur University, Napaam, Assam. Arpana loves traveling and meeting new people. She is deeply committed to advancing the rights of marginalized communities in India and believes that real change can only happen when it begins from the grassroots.
Consultant, Delhi Justice Program Officer
Shreya Sen is a feminist researcher and activist, deeply invested in issues around gender, childhood, sexuality, violence, health and education. She holds a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from Jadavpur University and has completed her Master's in Gender Studies from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Shreya advocates for structural and systemic changes in various Institutions, through training, research and resource building, to make them more diverse, inclusive and easily accessible to marginalized communities. She is a part of various autonomous activist collectives, both online and offline, that aim to build stronger support networks for people looking for safe spaces.
Shreya preaches and tries to practice, the motto "nothing about us, without us". She believes that the only legitimate form of social justice and development work is one that is intersectional, participatory and works "with" people, rather than "for" them.
Consultant, Delhi Justice Program Officer
Simran Sachdev is a researcher, writer, and activist with a passion for human rights and gender equality. She has contributed articles to various online news sources, including AlterNet, The Daily Beast, Lipstick & Politics, and Women’s eNews. She has covered topics ranging from gender issues to social movements to women in politics.
Simran has worked internationally in Palestine, Serbia, and the United States. She brings over six years of experience in the human rights field, including work in women’s economic empowerment. Prior to joining the nonprofit sector, Simran gained over three years of experience in the private sector focused on online marketing.
Simran holds a Master of Science in Global Affairs, with a concentration in human rights and humanitarian assistance, and a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies, both from New York University. Simran is dedicated to the protection of human rights for all communities.
Assam Paralegal Coordinator
Basanti Guria Topno is Nazdeek's paralegal coordinator in Assam. She has been working in human rights and community mobilization for 11 years. Basanti started attending Nazdeek's trainings in 2013, and after completing the training program, she joined as a paralegal coordinator in early 2016.
Previously, Basanti worked with PAJHRA (Promotion and Advancement of Justice, Harmony and Rights of Adivasis), as their Block Secretary for Sonitpur District. In that role, she worked on rights awareness and community mobilization.
Upon having worked with Nazdeek, Basanti said she has gained the strength to use her voice, and isn't scared to use it.