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HELM Social Design Studio

New Delhi, India
Joined March 2019

HELM Social Design Studio (Hands-on Education Law and Media) amplifies initiatives for social change using legal, media, design and technology solutions.

Presence in: India, United Kingdom, United States
Focus: Access to Information, Criminal Justice, Economic Empowerment, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Housing & Sanitation, Labor & Employment, Women's Rights

HELM Social Design Studio (Hands-on Education Law and Media) amplifies initiatives for social change using legal, media, design and technology solutions. HELM partnerships produce strategies for social justice through legal empowerment, community engaged research, collaborative design, multimedia storytelling, and accessible technology. Our interdisciplinary team invests in developing shared grammar between people’s movements, lawyers, designers, media producers, and coders capable of harnessing technological innovation to drive change. For our grassroots partners, this approach brings new technology into the hands of advocates who could not otherwise afford these resources. Our priority areas include access to justice, gender justice, and labour and migrant rights.

People Associated With This Organization

Shikha Silliman Bhattacharjee

India  
HELM Social Design Studio
Joined March 2019
Interests: Access to Information, Criminal Justice, Economic Empowerment, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Labor & Employment, Women's Rights
I am lawyer and researcher. My research and writing takes an interdisciplinary and transnational perspective in understanding the capacity and limitations of the law to address systematic violence for marginalized communities, including persons with disabilities, women, and labour migrants. I hold a BA in English and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration from Yale University, a JD and Certificate in Global Human Rights from University of Pennsylvania Law School, and am pursuing a PhD in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from University of California, Berkeley.

My work is informed by more than a decade of experience working with grassroots campaigns and civil society organizations in the U.S. and South Asia. In 2015, I jointly founded HELM Social Design Studio, the first social design studio in South Asia dedicated to partnering with human rights defenders and their organizations to ideate, fund, and build social design solutions that promote human rights and access to justice.
Shikha Silliman Bhattacharjee is the network champion (main point of contact) for HELM Social Design Studio.

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