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Maheen Kaleem

2014, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Maheen Kaleem

Maheen Kaleem

Name of Host Organization: Rights 4 Girls
City, State: Washington, District of Columbia
Issue area: Women's Rights, Immigrant Populations - Trafficking/Slavery
Sponsors: Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc., Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

The Project

Maheen engaged in national and local advocacy on behalf of young women and girls involved in the juvenile justice system, particularly those who are victims of domestic child sex trafficking. Maheen engaged in legislative advocacy, and developed advocacy materials, training, publications, and campaigns designed to shift the national conversation towards recognizing that girls who experience gender-violence should not be criminalized for their abuse.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
There is growing concern about the needs of victims and survivors of commercial sexual exploitation, but there are few concentrated efforts that specifically focus on the special needs sexually exploited minors who become involved in the juvenile justice system. Likewise, there is not enough attention paid to the collateral consequences of that involvement. This project provides strategies and platforms for people who work in the juvenile justice system, and for survivors who wish to engage in reform efforts.