Introducing This Year's Advocacy and Humanitarian Aid Academy Students!


Not Pictured: Gurpreet Kaur

Washington DC, USA- Once again, we are humbled to announce that we received an overwhelming response from the youth globally who applied to take one of eight spots in our second annual Advocacy and Humanitarian Aid Academy (AHAA) being held from July 6-10, 2015. Applications from the United States, the United Kingdom, India, Malaysia, and more made this the most competitive application process we have seen to date.

The AHAA will be an intensive five-day training program including discussions from panels, interactive workshops, tours of federal buildings, lectures, and skill-building exercises. Along with members of the UNITED SIKHS team, presenters from around the United States will be coming to the nation's capital to train these young minds. Students will hear from government officials, advocacy attorneys, and members of some of the most reputable civil rights organizations in the United States.

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Trainers and their topics will include:

- "NAACP Legislative Update" presented by Hilary Shelton (Director of the NAACP Washington Bureau and Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Policy)
- "Sikh American Identity" presented by Vishavjit Singh (Cartoonist- Director and creator Sikhtoons also known as "Sikh Captain America")
- "USAID" presented by Peter Morris (Division Chief with the USAID Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance)
- "Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division Processes to Work on Civil Rights/ Sikh Issues" presented by Eric Treene (Special Counsel for Religious Discrimination in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice)
- "The Role of Faith Based Organizations in Developing International Policy" presented by Sahar Chaudhry (Senior Policy Analyst with the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)
- "Department of Justice Community Relations" presented by Harpreet Mokha (Regional Director of the Department of Justice Community Relations Service)
- "Role of Faith Based Organizations (FBOs) in Eliminating Extreme Poverty" presented by Rishiwant Singh, also known as "The Flying Sikh" (Radio TV presenter for RTM and Humanitarian Aid Coordinator and Director of Malaysian Food Bank for UNITED SIKHS)

Our candidates are passionate, excited, well-rounded individuals coming to Washington, DC to learn how to be become advocates, humanitarians, and activists. To support them and our advocacy program, please click here.

Issued By:
Jaspreet Kaur
Staff Attorney, International Civil and Human Rights Advocacy (ICHRA) UNITED SIKHS
Tel: (646) 688- 3525

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To transform underprivileged and minority communities and individuals into informed and vibrant members of society through civic, educational and personal development programs, by fostering active participation in social and economic activity.
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Empowering individuals and groups to attain their full potential and become active participants in society through Education, Training and Community development projects. They take their place in the decision-making processes in their local community as well as in the international arena.
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