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Sharanya Kanikkannan

Bernstein Legal Fellow

Sharanya Kanikkannan’s background is in community-based development, legal empowerment, and advocacy on human rights and gender justice. Sharanya spent several years as a human rights monitor and researcher, first working with rural networks of the national human rights institute of the government of East Timor, then as a human rights officer in the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In this post, she also managed programs with local partners improving access to justice for victims of gender-based violence, and has since worked as an independent consultant on this issue.  In 2015, she began assisting in cases calling for accountability for the UN’s actions in Haiti; this work led her to join AIDS-Free World’s Code Blue Campaign.

Sharanya holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was a member of the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization.  She also holds a B.S. in Economics and International Studies from the University of Oregon. She is sponsored in part by the Robert L. Bernstein Fellowship in International Human Rights.

Contact Sharanya: sk@aidsfreeworld.org