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Sharada Jambulapati receives Soros Fellowship

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May 2016
Sharada Jambulapati receives Soros Fellowship

Sharada Jambulapati received a 2016 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship to support her work towards a JD at the University of California, Berkeley. Sharada’s family struggled in the Deep South after they moved here from India. Her father was the only immigrant farmer in the area they lived, and her mother worked multiple jobs as a factory seamstress, janitor, and nanny.

On the farm in rural Georgia, Sharada felt the dependence, racism, and ignorance surrounding the immigrant situation; she therefore decided to pursue civil rights and racial justice work in the South. At Stanford University, she became a community organizer and activist, mentoring high school youth with their college applications, creating awareness about immigrant human rights, and researching civil rights abuses of immigration enforcement programs.

After college, at the Southern Poverty Law Center as a John Gardner Public Service Fellow, she advocated for immigrant children and young people convicted of crimes. She worked to improve jail conditions for children, highlight the disparate impact of zero tolerance school policies, and increase school access for undocumented students. By working with the immigration and criminal justice systems, she hopes to improve civil rights and racial justice for historically underserved minority communities in the South.


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