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Amrith Kaur

Legal Director, Sikh Coalition
Chicago, IL

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Amrith specializes in protecting American civil liberties in areas such as hate crimes, bullying, profiling, workplace discrimination, and religious rights.

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Amrith Kaur is Legal Director of the Sikh Coalition, the largest Sikh civil rights organization in the United States. In this role, she coordinates legal work and manages initiatives to protect the civil rights of all Americans in areas such as hate crimes, bullying, profiling, workplace discrimination, and religious rights.

Prior to joining the Sikh Coalition, Amrith served as a Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney in Chicago, Illinois for 11 years. During this time, she served on Cook County’s Hate Crime Advisory Council, served as a liaison with the Department of Justice’s Hate Crime Training Initiative, and led transformative projects to identify non-violent offenders for alternative rehabilitation programs. As a highly experienced prosecutor, she also brings seasoned media experience to the job and has a background in policymaking after co-drafting a Senate resolution that successfully strengthened existing hate crime prosecution after 9/11.

Amrith is a guest lecturer at DePaul University, 2017 recipient of the Asian American Coalition’s Community Service of the year award, served as an Emerging Leaders Fellow for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs where she focused on implementing cultural competency training and policy initiatives for law enforcement agencies, and was recognized by Crain's Business New York as a Leading Woman Lawyer.

Amrith holds her B.A. in Applied Science & Technology Engineering and English Literature from The George Washington University, where she participated in the grassroots activism that helped form the Sikh Coalition in 2001, and her Juris Doctor from The John Marshall Law School. 

Topics

  • Religion & Interfaith
  • Hate Crimes and Violence

Issue Areas

Sikhism, Discrimination and Bigotry, Hate Violence/Hate Crimes, Race & Racism, Racial/Religious Profiling