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Testimony on the Costs by Darakshan Raja

Darakshan Raja is a Pakistani Muslim immigrant woman from the Bronx who moved to Washington DC in order to impact social policies. She has worked on a range of issues including organizing against anti-Muslim racism and state violence, gender-based violence, human rights abuses and the national security system, and the criminal justice system. She is the co-founder of the Muslim American Women's Policy Forum and serves on the Advisory Board for API Domestic Violence Resource Project in DC, an organization that serves API survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Most recently, Darakshan worked with the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center on a range of criminal justice evaluations spanning across crime victims' rights, juvenile justice, gang violence, and violence against women. Darakshan holds a MA in Forensic Psychology and hopes to strengthen grassroots support and resources for activists and organizers directly impacted by state violence, and increase collaboration between movements to move towards intersection organizing and collective liberation.

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