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REMY KHARBANDA

Remy Kharbanda is a South Asian activist researcher and budding documentary filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work focuses on law enforcement interactions with women of color, immigration issues, the war on terror, and displacement in the South Asian diaspora. She has served as researcher and co-author for Amnesty International's 2005 report Stonewalled: Police Abuse and Misconduct Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People in the U.S., Education Not Deportation: Impacts of New York City School Safety Policies on Immigrant Youth , published by Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM) and Behind the Kitchen Door: Pervasive Inequality in New York's Thriving Restaurant Industry published by the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York. She is co-owner and production manager at Callejero Films, a small independent video production company based in Brooklyn, NY where she recently produced and directed a documentary short that explores issues of displacement and identity through the perspectives of three Punjabi women who migrated to Southall in the United Kingdom in the early 1960s.

ANDREA RITCHIE

Andrea Ritchie is a Black progressive lesbian feminist of African Caribbean descent who has worked in the women's movement in the U.S. and Canada over the past 15 years as an advocate and researcher. She is currently a member of the National Collective of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, and served as one of the National Coordinators of the Color of Violence III and as a member of the editorial collective for Color of Violence: The INCITE! Anthology. Her research and organizing focuses on police brutality and misconduct as experienced by women and LGBT people of color. She recently worked as a research consultant and co-author for Amnesty International's Stonewalled: Police Abuse and Misconduct Against LGBT People in the US . She also served as a researcher and co-author for Caught in the Net, a report on women and the "war on drugs" published by the ACLU, the Brennan Center for Justice, and Break the Chains, Education Not Deportation: Impacts of New York City School Safety Policies on Immigrant Youth , published by Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM), In the Shadows of the War on Terror: Persistent Police Brutality and Abuse in the United States , a "shadow report" submitted on behalf of over 100 national and local organizations and individuals to the United Nations Committee Against Torture and the United Nations Human Rights Committee, and Behind the Kitchen Door: Pervasive Inequality in New York's Thriving Restaurant Industry published by the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York. Ms. Ritchie has written and spoken extensively on the issue of violence against women and LGBT people of color by law enforcement agents, and testified before the United Nations Committee Against Torture, United Nations Human Rights Committee and the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture in 2006. Andrea graduated from the Howard University School of Law in 2002