Maheen Kaleem, Esq. is a human rights lawyer who has dedicated her life to creating a world where girls and gender-expansive youth of Color are safe and free. She is the Vice President of Programs and Operations at Grantmakers for Girls of Color, a philanthropic organization dedicated to amplifying and mobilizing resources to support transformative organizing work led by girls and gender-expansive youth of color. She has nearly twenty years of experience supporting youth and families impacted by the intersections of gender-based and state violence to lead efforts to advance racial and gender justice. Maheen holds both bachelors and law degrees from Georgetown University. A survivor of gender-based violence herself, she has always grounded her work in the wisdom of women and girls of Color who have survived the carceral system, sex trafficking and sexual exploitation, and childhood sexual abuse. She is a first generation Pakistani-American who was raised in the bay area of California, on Ohlone land. She now resides on the traditional lands of the Lenape and Canarsie people in Brooklyn, NY.