Chandra Bhatnagar to Receive Young Alumni Award

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Chandra Bhatnagar to Receive Young Alumni Award
By Teresa Cajot


On October 6, 2011 Chandra Bhatnagar will be presented with The Young Alumni Award in recognition of his many professional
accomplishments since graduating from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2001. The Young Alumni Award, which is
conferred by the Pennsylvania Law Alumni Society, was created to honor the exceptional achievements of alumnus or alumna who
graduated within the last ten years.




Bhatnagar, now a senior staff attorney with the American Civil      support for workers from South Asia through various legal
Liberties Union’s (ACLU) Human Rights Program, has spent the        service offerings.
last decade advocating for the rights of immigrant populations.
He has worked both internationally and domestically on a            In his current position with the ACLU, Bhatnagar is particularly
number of projects. In partnership with a major NGO in              concerned with the rights of low-wage immigrant workers,
India, he was involved in the implementation of human rights        undocumented workers, and guest-workers. He has also
standards to anti-child labor and bonded labor campaigns.           been involved in promoting the utilization of the International
Within the US, he worked with the Center for Constitutional         Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial
Rights, where his primary focus was on immigrants’ rights and       Discrimination (ICERD) within the US.
anti-police brutality issues. Additionally, Bhatnagar was the
interim director of the Ella Baker Summer Intern Program, an        Bhatnagar is the primary author of the 2009 report, The
internship created by the Center for Constitutional Rights in       Persistence of Racial and Ethnic Profiling in the United States,
honor of the named civil rights hero.                               which was given to the UN Committee on the Elimination of
                                                                    Racial Discrimination.
He also held the position of Assistant Director of Columbia         He has also been featured as a guest commentator on CNN
University’s, “Bringing Human Rights Home Project,” which           and referenced by other media sources.
was involved in efforts to better conditions for those being
held following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.            Bhatnager, who also holds an LLM in International Human
                                                                    Rights from Columbia Law School, will receive his award along
Before joining the ACLU, Bhatnagar served as a staff attorney       with four other Pennsylvania Law School graduates. All are
and a Skadden Fellow with the Asian American Legal Defense          being honored for pro bono work, career accomplishments,
and Education Fund. In this position, he oversaw the South          and service.
Asian Worker’s Project for Human Rights, which provided




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