Sonali Dhawan is a program officer with the ABA Justice Defenders Program, supporting the Middle East & North Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and Eurasia divisions in addition to coordinating the Program's press and social media engagement. Prior to joining the Program, Ms. Dhawan interned at Save the Children, Human Rights Watch, and Amnesty International USA. She was a recipient of the Harvard University-coordinated Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) fellowship in Amman, Jordan, where she also volunteered with the International Refugee Assistance Project. Ms. Dhawan holds a B.A. in Arabic & Islamic Studies and Government from Georgetown University. She speaks Formal and Levantine Arabic, Hindi, Urdu, and conversational Spanish.
- Tainted Stones: Sandstone produced by bonded labor and child labor makes its way into the United States (OpenGlobalRights, December 2020, co-authored with Waris Husain)
- “Yazidi Female Survivors Law” in Iraq is groundbreaking but not enough (OpenGlobal Rights, October 2020, co-authored with Kristin Smith)
- Now more than ever, human rights defenders must be released from detention (ABA Journal, April 2020, co-authored with Mooya Nyaundi)