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Rinku Sen, Racial Justice Activist and Author

Rinku Sen is the president and executive director of Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation

She is also the publisher of the award-winning news site Colorlines. Race Forward brings systemic analysis and an innovative approach to complex race issues to help people take action toward racial equity through research, media and practice.

Under Sen’s leadership, Race Forward has generated some of the most impactful racial justice successes of the last decade. One example is the groundbreaking Shattered Families report, which changed the immigration debate with investigative research on how record deportations of parents were leading to the placement of thousands of children in foster care, often separating them permanently and legally from their families. Sen was the architect of Drop the I-Word, a campaign for media outlets to stop referring to immigrants as “illegal,” resulting in the Associated Press, USA Today, LA Times and many more outlets dropping the I-word.

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