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.