The Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF) is pleased to announce that it will recognize the significant achievements of Anurima Bhargava for her advocacy work around children and education, impacting the lives of thousands of children and families. Ms. Bhargava will be recognized at CACF’s 30th Anniversary Gala and Caring for Children Awards on Monday, October 17 at espace in New York City, where over 300 guests, including community leaders, advocates, and professionals from law, finance, healthcare and technology will come together and raise vital funding for CACF’s policy and advocacy campaigns.
Anurima Bhargava served as the Chief of the Educational Opportunities Section of the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice. She led the Division’s efforts to provide equal educational opportunities for all students by enforcing federal statutes that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, sex, language status, religion and disability in schools and institutions of higher education. Through litigation, guidance and policy, the Division addresses a broad range of issues, including school segregation; school discipline and the school to prison pipeline; harassment and bullying; sexual assault; and protecting educational access and services for English Learners, LGBTQ and undocumented students. She has served on numerous task forces and working groups, including the White House Task Force to Prevent Campus Sexual Assault and the Supportive School Discipline Initiative.
Since leaving the DOJ in February 2016, Ms. Bhargava served as a Fellow at the Institute of Politics and is currently a Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Comments Bhargava, “CACF has given a voice to our future and each of our children, the tools to dismantle barriers. It is a privilege to join CACF in celebration of the impact it has had and will have on generations to come!”
Bhargava will be honored alongside Dr. Raymond Fong and Dr. Danny Fong, both past Presidents of the Chinese American Medical Society; the Lee Family – Chester, Diana and Michael, who represent two generations of community service; and world-leading surgeons on vascular anomaly Dr. Teresa O and Dr. Milton Waner.
“As we celebrate 30 years of empowering children and families, we are thrilled to honor Anurima Bhargava, who has dedicated her professional life to improving access to education for all children. Her selfless achievements will inspire Gala attendees and the many families and children we serve,” stated Henrietta Ho-Asjoe, CACF’s Interim Executive Director.