Akhila Kolisetty is a lawyer, women’s rights advocate, and writer in New York, where she provides legal representation and advice to survivors of domestic violence.  Previously, she has worked  and consulted internationally on issues of access to justice, women’s rights, and the legal empowerment of marginalized communities.  She is passionate about the potential of law as a transformative tool for social change.  Her interests lie in exploring ways to make justice systems more responsive and accessible to survivors of gender-based violence.

Akhila has provided legal representation, legal and policy research, fact-finding, reporting, and capacity building to non-profits and foundations.  She has worked with communities and organizations in Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Switzerland, Washington D.C., Boston, and New York.  Akhila was a Presidential Fellow with the Open Society Foundations.  In 2014, she published Examining the Effectiveness of Legal Empowerment as a Pathway out of Poverty: A Case Study of BRAC  as part of the World Bank Justice and Development Working Paper Series.  Akhila has a Bachelor’s in Economics and Political Science from Northwestern University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Akhila is also a writer and a poet. Her writing and poetry have been published in Lunch Ticket, Lily Lit Review and Sky Island Journal. She loves coffee, travel, writing, and photography.