Payal joined Tahirih in 2021. As Managing Attorney for Tahirih San Francisco Office, she provides legal representation to survivors of gender based violence, mentors pro bono attorneys & oversees the San Francisco pro bono program, and manages the legal team. Prior to joining Tahirih, Payal served as a Managing Attorney at Peace Over Violence, Los Angeles, CA. She is a distinguished Women in Policy Fellow, where she had the opportunity to work on CA bills AB 865: Mandatory CSEC training for Resource families (Approved by Governor in October 2019) and SB 493: Gender Equity in Education: Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence, a bill that will protect California students’ civil rights (Approved by Governor in Oct 2020). Also, she serves as an Executive Board Member and a Co-Chair at the Immigration Committee at the International and Immigration Section (CLA) and as an advisor for the California Young Lawyer’s Association. She has been awarded CA Senate Certificate for her work in the field of policy advocacy in 2018.
“I am inspired by Tahirih’s commitment to provide access to trauma informed, holistic services to overcome barriers that a gender based violence survivor endures in their journey.”
Education: USC Gould School of Law, LL.M
Languages: English, Hindi
Hometown: New Delhi, India