Meet Kavita Khandekar! As of this week in May 2013, Kavita is our new Marketing & Development Director here at Human Rights Initiative. Here is a little bit from a conversation about her and what makes her tick.
Kavita, what excites you most about working with HRI?
The people – those who work for and with HRI and the clients we serve every day. HRI clients are some of the most resilient people I’ve ever met! They’ve endured torture, persecution, domestic violence, assault, and other heinous crimes – not to mention, travelling from another country often in very creative ways, having to leave their families behind, living out of status - and they still find it in themselves to fight! It makes the traffic I fight on my drive home seem very frivolous.
To all the 5K Run for Human Rights participants back in April, check yourself out at the start line! Thanks to the generous work of Sam Fleishman, we have an aerial video from his work with an R/C helicopter. You can watch all the participants push off from the beginning!
On Thursday, May 8th, the Senate will begin to decide on the hundreds of proposed amendments for the new immigration bill, a number of them influencing refugee and asylum cases.
Many of the proposed amendments would change the requirements of undocumented immigrants on their pathway to citizenship, some have requested evidence of DNA tests for legal status while some request income requirements. An amendment from Senator Sessions wants immigrants to “prove they have an average annual income four times higher than the federal poverty line, which for a family of four, is more than $94,000.”
You can refer to a further list of these amendments from each Senator at this link from the Senate.