You're Invited: HAF's Inaugural Policy Conference, June 20

Learn first hand from lawmakers, world-renowned policy experts, and human rights leaders about the latest issues impacting Hindus in the US and around the world.

When: Monday, June 20, 2016
Where: Reserve Officers’ Association, 1 Constitution Ave, NE, Washington, DC
RSVP: Jay Kansara (

(8:30 - 9:30am) Registration (Light refreshments will be provided)

(9:30am) Opening Remarks

(10:00 - 11:30am) Panel Discussion - Minority Hindu Communities: A Human Rights Conundrum
How can American foreign policy effectively address human rights concerns plaguing minority Hindu communities and international security threats in South Asia?
  • Moderated by Samir Kalra, Esq. - HAF Senior Director & Human Rights Fellow
  • Bharath Gopalaswamy, PhD. - Director, Atlantic Council South Asia Center
  • Farahnaz Ispahani - Author, Human Rights Advocate, & Former Member of the Parliament of Pakistan
  • Rukhsana Hasib - Author & Women's Rights Activist


(12:00 - 1:30pm) Keynote Lunch - Conversation with Vanita Gupta, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights (Vegetarian fare will be provided)


(2:00 - 3:30) Panel Discussion - Hindu Americans and Civil Rights
What domestic policy issues should Hindu Americans be keyed into?
  • Moderated by Suhag Shukla, Esq. - HAF Executive Director & Legal Counsel
  • Caroline Darmody - Legislative Assistant, Office of Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-MA)
  • Maggie Garrett - Legal Counsel, Americans United for Separation of Church & State
  • Michael Lieberman, Esq. - Washington Counsel, Anti-Defamation League
  • Paul Monteiro - Director, Community Relations Service at the U.S. Dept. of Justice

Closing remarks followed by break (Optional guided tour of Capitol Hill, please congregate in the lobby by 3:45pm if you wish to attend)