Yasmin Vafa, JD

Yasmin Vafa, JD, Executive Director of Rights4Girls

Yasmin Vafa has been a key faculty member and partner of the Institute from the very beginning. At each Institute, Yasmin shares her in-depth understanding of the issue of domestic child sex trafficking in the U.S., with a particular focus on the legal landscape.

Yasmin is the co-founder and Executive Director of Rights4Girls, a human rights organization working to end gender-based violence against young women and girls in the U.S. Her work and advocacy focuses on the intersections between race, gender, violence, and the law. She speaks widely on these issues and educates the public and policymakers on how they affect the lives of marginalized women and girls. Yasmin has achieved several policy wins at the federal level, co-authored a seminal report mapping girls' unique pathways into the juvenile justice system, and was the 2016 recipient of the Lois Haight Award of Excellence and Innovation from the Congressional Victims' Rights Caucus. Prior to her work at Rights4Girls, Yasmin served as Acting Refugee Coordinator for Amnesty International Australia where she led the organization’s refugee advocacy and shifted national policy on the mandatory and indefinite detention of asylum seekers in the region. She received her B.A. from Boston University and earned her J.D. from the University of Florida, Levin College of Law.

Read Yasmin’s Huffington Post blog.

Learn about Rights4Girls’ No Such Thing as a Child Prostitute campaign.