Brooklyn, New York

Palika Makam is a media activist and the US Program Manager at the global human rights organization, WITNESS. She has produced video advocacy campaigns and trained activists all over the world – from Ferguson to The West Bank. At WITNESS, Palika leads the US immigration focused work with Eyes on ICE – a project dedicated to supporting directly impacted communities and allies to document abuses against immigrant communities and use video to fight deportations and advocate for immigrant rights. She also leads the Legal Video Advocacy work – a project dedicated to using video and storytelling to help incarcerated individuals get out of prison on clemency and parole. Prior to coming to WITNESS, Palika cofounded and ran The Babel Project – a nonprofit that teaches youth activists to use storytelling and documentary film to advocate for their communities and specific policy change. Media she helped produce has been used as evidence in human rights abuse court cases and in advocacy campaigns around education, police violence, and immigration reform. Films have been screened everywhere from The United Nations to high school classrooms. Palika is an Emerging Activist Fellow with the Social Change Initiative, and a Coaching Fellow. She holds a BA in Journalism and Social and Cultural Analysis from New York University, and MA in International Affairs concentrating in Human Rights and Media from The New School. She is the proud daughter of immigrants and the South Asian diaspora community that raised her.

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