Rini Chakraborty is the Senior Program Officer at NEO Philanthropy’s Four Freedoms Fund. She manages the Response to Harsh Enforcement initiative, which seeks to drastically reduce the number of immigrants who are detained and deported and to strengthen the field of cross-movement organizations challenging the criminalization of immigrants.
Rini’s career spans more than two decades fighting for and advancing the rights of immigrants, communities of color, and low-wage workers striving to achieve justice. After passage of the 1996 immigration and welfare laws, she led a statewide immigrant rights collaborative in California, where she crafted movement-building strategies, developed innovative legislative solutions, and spearheaded trailblazing campaigns that restored health and welfare programs for immigrants (the first successful campaign to do so in the nation); won in-state tuition for undocumented students; and propelled the Golden State to be a national leader and model for other states on immigrant justice. She also served as Senior Policy Analyst with the ACLU of Southern California, where she challenged post-9.11 policies and attacks against MASA communities; and as Executive Director of Sweatshop Watch, where she helped establish an unprecedented consortium of national “sweat-free” cities and states. Prior to joining FFF, Rini was Amnesty International USA’s Western Regional Director for Amnesty’s largest region, where she devised and directed priority campaigns on death penalty abolition, migrant rights, criminal justice reforms, and international human rights.