Advocate combating human trafficking

The Al Filipov Peace & Justice Forum
2015 Speaker

Malika Saada Saar

Human Rights Advocate combating

the human trafficking of vulnerable girls in the U.S.

Sunday, September 27th, 4pm – 6pm

As a human rights lawyer and advocate, Malika Saada Saar has been involved in numerous issues related to the most vulnerable in our society, leading efforts in the U.S. to shut down the trafficking of children for sex, ending the federal practice of shackling pregnant mothers behind bars in U.S. prisons, and advocating for federal funding for treatment services for at-risk families.

Currently, she is Special Counsel on Human Rights at The Raben Group and Director of The Human Rights Project for Girls ( and Newsweek and the Daily Beast have named Ms. Saada Saar one of “150 Women Who Shake the World.”

Ms. Saada Saar holds a B.A. from Brown University, M.A. in Education from Stanford University, and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and three children.

The mission of the Al Filipov Peace & Justice Forum is to promote peace and justice among all people and to demonstrate the power of an individual to make a positive difference in the world. Held annually in September, the Forum invites a distinguished individual to speak about his or her work and vision. In recognition of the tenth anniversary of the events of 9/11, the Forum inaugurated the Al Filipov Peace & Justice Award to honor our distinguished speaker’s work and commend the speaker’s contributions to a more peaceful and just world. More
The Forum honors the memory of Al Filipov, a beloved member of Trinitarian Congregational Church of Concord Massachusetts, who died in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. An engineer by training, Al was a husband and father, a human rights activist, painter, inventor, and raconteur. He sought out the best in people and cared passionately about the world in its beauty and pain. He earnestly believed in the power of an individual to make a difference in the world. More
Beginning in September, 2002, and annually thereafter, the Forum has sponsored speakers and related events to advance its mission of peace and justice. Past speakers have included author and journalist John Hockenberry; The Rev. Dr. James Forbes, founder of the Healing of the Nations Foundations; Rye Barcott, co-founder of Carolina for Kibera, Jessica Jackley, co-founder of, and James Yee, author of For God and Country. More