Maheen Kaleem

Maheen, wearing a black jacket and large embroidered Indigenous-styled earrings, smiling in front of a red and black painting on a red wall.Maheen serves as a Program Officer for the Initiative to End Violence Against Girls and Women, and manages NoVo’s portfolio on commercial sexual exploitation.

Maheen has been engaged in advocacy on behalf of women and girls experiencing interpersonal and institutional violence for the past fifteen years. Prior to joining NoVo, she was a staff attorney at Rights4Girls, where she engaged in federal, state, and local policy, training and technical assistance, and research with a specific focus on the intersection of child sex trafficking and juvenile justice. She was a first responder for one of the nation’s first multi-agency pilots to address commercial sexual exploitation of children. Maheen is deeply honored to have collaborated with hundreds system-involved youth and families as an organizer, teacher, advocate, friend, and sister. She is committed to providing those most impacted by systems of oppression with the respect and resources to enact change.

Maheen is an alumna of the Equal Justice Works Fellowship, the Stoneleigh Emerging Leader Fellowship, and the National Juvenile Justice Network Youth Justice Leadership Institute. She holds a B.S.F.S. in International Politics from Georgetown University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, and is member of the New York State Bar. She serves on a number of advisory boards for organizations working to re-envision safety and justice for vulnerable communities. In her free time, Maheen enjoys her loved ones, hip hop, poetry, and her beloved Golden State Warriors. She is based in what was once Chocolate City, also known as Washington, D.C.

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