Yasmin Vafa

Executive Director

Rights4Girls

Yasmin Vafa is Co-founder and Executive Director of Rights4Girls, a national organization dedicated to ending gender-based violence against young women and girls in the U.S. As a human rights attorney and advocate, Ms. Vafa’s work focuses on the intersections of race, gender, violence, and the law. She educates the public and policymakers on these issues and how they affect the lives of marginalized women and children. Ms. Vafa has successfully advocated for passage of several federal and state laws, testified before the U.S. Senate and international human rights bodies, and been recognized for her legislative advocacy by Congress. She is the co-author of the groundbreaking report, The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline: The Girls' Story, which exposes the widespread incarceration of girls of color in the U.S. as a direct result of their victimization. The report has changed the narrative around women and girls' incarceration and inspired national efforts to reform the policies and practices that criminalize survivors of gendered violence.