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Malika Saada Saar

Senior Counsel on Civil & Human Rights


Washington, DC, USA

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Malika Saada Saar’s Biography

Malika Saada Saar is a human rights lawyer and Senior Counsel on Civil and Human Rights for Google. She has dedicated her professional and personal lives to advocating for and protecting victims of sex trafficking, domestic abuse, and gender-based violence.

As Executive Director of The Rebecca Project, which she co-founded, Malika led a successful campaign urging legislators to pressure Craigslist to close its adult services section, a leading platform for child sex trafficking. She also successfully advocated for millions in federal funding for treatment services for at-risk families and ended the federal practice of shackling pregnant mothers behind bars in US prisons.

Malika is Founder and former Executive Director of the Human Rights Project for Girls (Rights4Girls), a human rights organization focused on gender-based violence against young women and girls. She also served as Special Counsel on Human Rights at The Raben Group and in 2010 had the honor of being selected by the Obama Administration to serve on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. Currently, Malika serves on the Boards of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights and Essie Justice Group. For her work, she has received widespread recognition. She was awarded the Al Filipov Peace and Justice Award and named one of “150 Women Who Shake the World” by Newsweek and the Daily Beast. In addition, The Rebecca Project was honored with the Leadership for Changing World award by the The Ford Foundation.

Malika holds a BA from Brown University, an MA in Education from Stanford University, and a JD from Georgetown University. She has been honored with the Roger Williams Award, Brown University’s highest alumni award, and by Georgetown Law Center's esteemed Robert F. Drinan Award for Public Service.

Malika Saada Saar’s Newsfeed

Yahoo! News
Google announces career and digital training initiative for formerly incarcerated individuals

“Lack of access to digital skills training and job coaching puts formerly incarcerated individuals at a severe disadvantage when trying to reenter the workforce and increase their economic potential,” said YouTube’s Global Head of Human Rights Malika Saada Saar in a statement. “We are thrilled to work alongside program partners who have demonstrated true expertise and leadership in supporting successful reentry through digital skills training to men and women, mothers and fathers, impacted by incarceration.”

YouTube Pledges $100M to Support Black Creators

"The execution of George Floyd—and Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery—has led to unprecedented protests for racial justice in every part of our nation—and globally," civil and human rights lawyer Malika Saada Saar, Social Impact Human Rights Lead at YouTube, said in a statement. "And it started in part because 17-year-old Darnella Frazier defiantly and courageously recorded the video that has forced us all to confront what we were seeing and name it. "Video can be a powerful human rights tool for bearing witness to injustice, and Bear Witness, Take Action will be part of that hope and urgent call for change," Saada Saar continued. Viewers are encouraged to donate to the Equal Justice Initiative directly via Saturday's livestream.

Malika Saada Saar’s Background

Senior Counsel on Civil & Human Rights
Dec 2015 - Present
Washington, DC, USA
Google is a multinational, publicly-traded organization built around the company's search engine. Google's other enterprises include internet analytics, cloud computing, advertising technologies and web app, browser and operating system development.
The Raben Group
Special Counsel on Human Rights
Feb 2013 - Dec 2015
Washington, DC, USA
The Raben Group is a national public affairs and strategic communications firm committed to making connections, solving problems and inspiring change across the corporate, nonprofit, foundation and government sectors.
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Current Board Positions

The George Foster Peabody Awards
Board of Directors
Athens, GA, USA
The Peabody Awards spotlight programs that demonstrate how media can defend the public interest, encourage empathy with others, and teach us to expand our understanding of the world around us.


Echoing Green
Global Fellow
1995 - Present
New York, NY, USA
Echoing Green identifies tomorrow’s transformational leaders today. Through its Fellowships and other innovative leadership initiatives, Echoing Green spots emerging leaders and invests deeply in their success to accelerate their impact.
RFK / Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
Board Member
New York, NY, USA
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, founded in 1968, is led by human rights activist and lawyer Kerry Kennedy and advocates for a more just and peaceful world. Working alongside local activists to ensure lasting positive change in governments and corporations, the RFK team includes leading attorneys, advocates, entrepreneurs and writers united by a commitment to social justice.
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Awards & Endorsements

Brown University
Roger Williams Award
Providence, RI, USA
The Brown Alumni Association established the William Rogers Award in 1984 to recognize an outstanding alumna or alumnus whose service to society in general is representative of the words of the Brown Charter: living a life “of usefulness and reputation.” It recognizes important contributions to humankind made by Brown alumni throughout the world.
Georgetown University Law Center
Robert F. Drinan, S.J. Law Alumni Public Service Award
Washington, DC, USA
The Georgetown University Law Center was established in 1870. It is one of the professional graduate schools of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and the second largest law school in the United States.

Malika Saada Saar’s Education

Georgetown University Law Center
Doctor of Law (J.D.), Law
1998 - 2001
Stanford University
M.A., Education
1990 - 1993
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