William Russell
City of London
Jeffrey Sachs
Sachs Policy Group

Malika Saada Saar

Washington, DC, USA

Senior Counsel on Civil & Human Rights


Malika Saada Saar


Malika Saada Saar is Senior Counsel on Civil and Human Rights for Google.

Previously, Malika was Founder and Executive Director of the Human Rights Project for Girls (Rights4Girls), a human rights organization focused on gender-based violence against young women and girls in the U.S. She also served as Special Counsel on Human Rights at The Raben Group.

As a human rights lawyer and advocate, Malika led the effort to shut down Craigslist sex ads that served as the leading site for the trafficking of children for sex, successfully advocated for millions in federal funding for treatment services for at-risk families and she ended the federal practice of shackling pregnant mothers behind bars in U.S. prisons. Newsweek and the Daily Beast have named Malika as one of “150 Women Who Shake the World”.

The Obama Administration selected Malika to serve on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. She also serves on the Board for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights and Essie Justice Group.

Malika is a dedicated public speaker on human rights and has featured in the Daily Beast, Huffington Post, O: The Oprah Magazine, Newsweek, Politico, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, Elle, Redbook Magazine, Essence, Tavis Smiley Show, BBC, ABC News, Good Morning America, CNN, and National Public Radio.

She has been honored with Brown University's highest alumni award, the Roger Williams Award and by Georgetown Law Center's esteemed Robert F. Drinan Award for Public Service.

Malika holds a B.A. from Brown University, an M.A. in Education from Stanford University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

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 & web app, browser & operating system development.
Special Counsel on Human Rights
Feb 2013 - Dec 2015
Washington, DC, USA
The Raben Group is a national public affairs & strategic communications firm committed to making connections, solving problems & inspiring change across the corporate, nonprofit, foundation & government sectors.
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Other Business Interests

Global Fellow
1995 - Present
New York, NY, USA
Echoing Green identifies tomorrow’s transformational leaders today. Through its Fellowships & other innovative leadership initiatives, Echoing Green spots emerging leaders & invests deeply in their success to accelerate their impact.
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 & reputation.” It recognizes important contributions to humankind made by Brown alumni throughout the world.
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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.
Board Director
Oakland, CA, USA
Essie Justice Group is a non-profit organization of women with incarcerated loved ones taking on the injustices created by mass imprisonment. The company is growing a membership of fierce advocates for race & gender justice.

Malika Saada Saar’s Education

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