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Fatima Yasmin Bokhari

Joined August 2018
Interests: Citizenship & Identification, Criminal Justice, Education, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Health, Right to Information
Fatima Bokhari is a legal practitioner, researcher and trainer with over 10 years of experience working on criminal justice reform, specifically focusing on gender-based rights and legal empowerment of women and marginalized groups. At present, she leads Musawi, an independent organization comprising lawyers and public policy specialists, based in Pakistan. Musawi works to support government and non-government stakeholders through research, capacity building, intervention design and monitoring and evaluation to affect evidence-based legal and policy reforms, especially in the criminal justice system and its interaction with marginalized groups.

Fatima has experience of working in leadership and advisory capacities with international and national organizations as well as federal and provincial governments. She has conducted trainings of diverse stakeholders, including parliamentarians, police, and prosecutors on human rights issues. She is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Asia Alliance Against Torture, a regional network organizations working to end impunity against torture.

Prior to joining Musawi, Fatima served as staff with the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI) in New York and Budapest on issues of national security and criminal justice reform in Europe and Central Asia, focusing on strategic litigation and advocacy geared towards compliance with international and regional human rights frameworks.

Fatima holds a Masters of Law (LL.M.) from Harvard Law School and an LL.M. in ‘Criminology and Criminal Justice' from the University of London. She is the author of “Accountability for Rape: A Case Study of Lodhran” – a report highlighting various legal challenges for complainants accessing justice in rape trials in Punjab, Pakistan.

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