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    Indian American to head Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Centre

    Washington, April 28. (PTI): Indian-American Monika Kalra Varma has been appointed as the new Director of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Centre for Human Rights (RFK Centre).

    A human rights lawyer, Varma currently serves as Acting Director of the RFK Centre having worked with the organization for over four years, previously serving as Programme Director.

    "We are fortunate to have Monika at the helm of the Center. She has played a pivotal role in transforming cutting edge economic and social rights concepts into some of our most successful and dynamic programmes," Executive Director of the memorial Lynn Delaney said.

    "Under Monika's leadership we will continue to make an even greater impact on the movement for human rights."

    Varma, who previously worked for the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in Hague, Netherlands as a legal officer, will be overseeing the Center's day to day operations and programmatic work.

    "It is truly an honour to be able to lead the Center's efforts to contribute to our partners' social movements," Varma said in a statement.

    She will work with staff, board members, the Kennedy family, and volunteers to construct advocacy programmes, which provide on-going support to the Center's partners , the RFK Human Rights Award winners.

    She will also oversee the annual Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award honoring courageous grassroots human rights defenders.

    She is also serving on the Editorial Board of Harvard-based Frangois-Xavier Bagnoud's Health and Human Rights journal.


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