Remarks will touch on the intersecting questions of immigration, race, and gender
BROOKLYN, NY – The keynote speaker for the 2016 KCC Reads Student Conference, taking place on Wed., May 4, is human rights attory Chaumtoli Huq. The annual conference features a day of student presentations based on the book chosen for the college’s common reading program. This year’s selection is Americanah by Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Huq’s remarks, which take place at 3pm at the Lighthouse (formerly the MAC Rotuda), will touch on intersecting questions of immigration, race, and gender.
Huq’s expertise lies in labor and employment, immigrant workers, and human rights. For more than 10 years, Huq devoted her career to the public interest, focusing on immigrant workers, persons with criminal records, survivors of domestic violence and low-income New Yorkers. She served as director of the first South Asian Workers’ Rights Project in the country at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund and as the first staff attorney to the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, a multi-ethnic, immigrant, worker-led labor organization of taxi-drivers.
She was a 2014-2015 fellow with the American Institute for Bangladesh Studies (AIBS), based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She has taught courses on legal practice, immigrant rights, employment law, and legal issues facing Asian-Americans at New York Law School, Brooklyn Law School, BMCC, City College of New York, and Rutgers University.
Huq’s work and commentary has appeared in various media platforms, including Huffington Post and Al Jazeera. She was a contributor to the anthology Voices of Resistance: Muslim Women on War, Faith and Sexuality and co-authored Laying the Groundwork for Post 9-11 Alliances: Reflections Ten Years Later on Desis Organizing.
In 2103, she founded Law@theMargins, a website that uses social media as a dynamic platform from which to highlight the ways our laws and legal institutions expands or limits the rights and social justice aspirations of people and communities. She serves as its editor-in-chief. You can follow her on Twitter at @lawatmargins.
Launched in 2001, KCC Reads, Kingsborough’s common reading program, was inaugurated at a meeting of the Faculty Assembly in spring 2001. Since its inception, the program has been highly collaborative, with participation of members from every part of the campus in events, meetings, debates, art projects, book nominations, reading groups and other programs.