Valarie Kaur

Yale Law School 2011
Valarie Kaur

Valarie Kaur (Founding Director) is an award-winning filmmaker, public speaker, and writer in her third year at Yale Law School. In the last ten years, she has harnessed multiple tools – filmmaking, writing, speaking and lawyering – to advocate on behalf of communities swept up in hate crimes, racial profiling, and immigration policies. Valarie wrote and produced Divided We Fall (2008), the first feature film on racism in the aftermath of September 11, 2001 and winner of more than a dozen international awards. The film sent her on a nation-wide tour to speak on race, religion, gender, and power in America in more than 150 cities in wide-ranging venues. She has been featured in print, radio, and television media such as CNN, NPR, and the BBC and in several books. Valarie earned her bachelor’ s degrees in religious studies and international relations with honors at Stanford University, where she was selected as commencement speaker for her class. She went on to study narrative ethics as a graduate student, receiving her masters in theological studies at Harvard Divinity School as a Harvard Presidential Scholar. Now at Yale Law School, Valarie studies and advocates on civil rights issues. As part of her clinical work, she has represented individuals arrested in immigration raids, helped secure a federal investigation into a local police department, and brought national attention to the problem of racial profiling and police brutality in East Haven, CT. In 2009, Valarie reported on the military commissions at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba as a representative of the National Institute of Military Justice. She also organized hearings on Guantanamo and worked on Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s Confirmation Proceedings as a legal clerk on the Senate Judiciary Committee for Senator Russell Feingold. In 2010, she co-founded the Common Ground Campaign, empowering young people to challenge anti-Muslim bias through creating programs for compassionate dialogue. The State of California presented Valarie with an official commendation recognizing her work as an advocate and storyteller.

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At Film Premiere, Project Founder Valarie Kaur Talks About “Our Grand Experiment”

Welcome, everyone. My name is Valarie Kaur, and I’m the director of the Yale Visual Law Project. It is my great pleasure to welcome you tonight to this special advanced screening of the first-year films of the Project. First, I’m going to tell you a little bit about our grand…
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