DEIA Advisory Committee – Madhu N. Sharma

Madhu N. Sharma has served as the Executive Director of the International Institute of Akron since November 2017 and as a Director of Immigrant Legal Services since August 2015. She is an Indian immigrant and a human rights attorney practicing and teaching in the field of immigration law for 20 years. Certified by the State Bar of California, she has represented migrant farm workers, unaccompanied minors, victims of state sponsored torture, human trafficking and crimes from countries spanning the globe. In 2011, she was awarded a Congressional Certificate of Honor and the ACLU Immigrant Advocacy Award for representing victims in the first federal alien smuggling case to result in visa issuance to hostage victims.