Commencement: National Community Service Award Recipient

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National Community Service Award: Malika Saada Saar

Malika Saada Saar is the Executive Director of Rights4Girls, an effort focused on the human rights of marginalized young women and girls in the U.S.  She also co-founded and was the executive director of the Rebecca Project for Human Rights, a policy and advocacy organization for vulnerable women and families.

At Rebecca Project, Saada Saar led the effort to shut down Craigslist sex ads that served as the leading site for the trafficking of children for sex, ended the federal practice of shackling pregnant mothers behind bars in U.S. prisons, and successfully advocated for millions in federal funding for treatment and services for at-risk families.

Newsweek and the Daily Beast have named Saada Saar as one of “150 Women Who Shake the World.”  The Obama White House selected Saada Saar to serve on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS.  She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights and was most recently featured in the PBS/AOL documentary Makers: The Women Who Make America.

Saada Saar has been featured in the Daily Beast, Huffington Post, O: The Oprah Magazine, Newsweek, Politico, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, Redbook Magazine, Essence, Tavis Smiley Show, BBC, ABC News, Good Morning America, CNN, CBC and National Public Radio. Saada Saar holds a B.A. from Brown University, M.A. in Education from Stanford University, and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and three children.