Baljeet Sandhu

Baljeet Sandhu is the founding director of the Migrant & Refugee Children’s Legal Unit (MiCLU). She is recognized as a leading children’s rights lawyer in the field of immigration and asylum law in the UK, regularly providing expert evidence to UK courts, select committees and children and anti-slavery commissioners. She sits as an adviser on several national boards and expert panels and provides technical legal support to domestic and international NGOs including, the British Red Cross, UNICEF UK and the UNHCR. She has pioneered innovation in the UK legal sector by developing strategic legal, policy and practice reform programs, testing out new models of legal and holistic support services for young people while also spearheading a wide range of local, national and global access to justice and legal education strategies to address the protection needs of vulnerable migrant children in the UK and EU. In 2011, she was awarded Young Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year. Her core interest spans human rights, social innovation and social and economic justice. She is leading the way in encouraging and celebrating the value of lived expertise in social and systemic change initiatives and has spoken widely on the need for equitable and inclusive leadership opportunities for people and communities with lived experience of social and environmental issues in not-for-profit, funding, education, public and private sector organizations. She is a strategy adviser to funders, social purpose organizations and educational institutes in the UK and is currently supporting the design of innovative leadership and organizational development plans. She is a UK Clore Social Leadership fellow and a fellow of the Vital Voices Female Global Leaders Partnership. In recognition of her work, she will be honored with the DVF International Award during the Women in the World Conference at the United Nations in April 2017.