Welcome to my blog on social justice lawyering, human rights, gender-based violence, and access to justice.

I am a lawyer in New York, where I provide legal representation and advice to survivors of domestic violence, primarily in family court. Previously, I have worked internationally on issues of access to justice, women’s rights, and the legal empowerment of marginalized communities. I am passionate and optimistic about the potential of law as a transformative tool for social change. I am a strong believer in the impact of holistic, competent legal services for the poor, and my interests lie in exploring ways to make justice systems more responsive and accessible to survivors of gender-based violence.

As an undergraduate at Northwestern, I studied political science, development, and economics, spent a year at the London School of Economics, and wrote my senior thesis on transitional justice in Sierra Leone and Rwanda. Since then,Β I have worked on and studied issues of legal services, human rights, women’s empowerment, and criminal justice with non-profits in Nepal, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Switzerland, Washington D.C., Boston, and New York. Β I am inspired by the power of community-based social change, and the possibilities of social justice lawyering. I also love traveling, good books, good coffee, and deep conversations.

I write here mostly about things I’m passionate about — non-profits, social justice lawyering, gender-based and domestic violence, access to justice, and legal empowerment.

I love to chat with anyone with similar interests. To get in touch, email me at akhila [dot] kolisetty [at] gmail [dot] com!


Any opinions expressed on this blog are solely my own, and do not represent the views of my employer(s) or any other organizations I might be affiliated with.

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