HEAL for Survivors Team

Sujata is the Director of Training and Technical Assistance at the Battered Women’s Justice Project. Previously she was the Director of the Community Response Policy and Training of the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence. She trains and provides technical assistance to professionals in various systems such as health care, law enforcement, criminal and civil justice and human and social services on the issue of domestic violence. Additionally, she provides assistance on legislative and policy issues on battered immigrant women. Sujata has also trained extensively at the local, state, national and international levels on the issue of cultural competency for various professionals and has delivered numerous keynotes on the issue of culture, competency, relativism, domestic and sexual violence and violence against women. She received her Ph.D. from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. She has written and published numerous articles on violence against women in the international context.

She served as the Country Director – Bangladesh for an American Bar Association – Rule of Law Initiative for six months. Earlier she helped train lawyers to advocate for women’s rights and violence against women in Bangladesh for the same program. She has worked with Chemonics International and the Egyptian government to help develop a national Egyptian strategy to address Violence against Women in Egypt; served a facilitator for some of the sessions at the Asia Summit in New Delhi, India as well as for the Latin America Human Rights Institute, in Buenos Aires, hosted by Vital Voices in 2010; served as a consultant for a domestic violence institute hosted by UNDP in Amman, Jordan. She has also worked with CEHAT and Masum in India on numerous projects on women’s health and violence against women and with the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters on developing standards for cultural diversity for all domestic and sexual violence programs and has delivered numerous keynotes. She recently provided week long training for seven national groups on working with survivors of sexual violence in Mumbai, India. This training was hosted by DAWN. She also spent three weeks in Russia exchanging ideas on providing services for domestic violence victims through an Advanced Practioner fellowship from the Eurasia Foundation. She continues to work in Manavi, a pioneering South Asian women’s organization in New Jersey. She also serves on other Boards and groups: Manavi; the Asian Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence, and Assistance. She is also a faculty on the National Judicial Institute of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

She recently authored: “It’s in their Culture”: Fairness and Cultural Considerations in Domestic Violence Cases in Family Court Review; Women, Gender Based Violence and Immigration in Social Work with Immigrants and Refugees; Culture, Competency and Violence against Women in the Health Care System in Intimate Partner Violence: A Health Based Perspective.

She has received numerous awards including: The Rev. Cheng Imm Tan Visionary Award; AWAKE Award for South Asian Women’s Advocacy; the Indian Chamber of Commerce Award honoring Women Achievers and the New York 30 Women Leaders Award. She recently served, after being appointed by the Attorney General, to the Federal Department of Justice, Office on Violence against Women’s Advisory Board.