June 28, 2013 (Washington, DC) – For the third year in a row, the Sikh Coalition has successfully graduated a new class of professionally-trained community volunteers through the Sikh Advocate Academy, an intensive advocacy training program in our nation’s capital. After completing a rigorous application process, ten activists from around the country received six days of advocacy training, which included a combination of lectures, panel discussions, case study exercises, visits to Congressional offices, and a policy briefing at the White House. The new Sikh Coalition Advocates will join two dozen alumni around the country in amplifying the Sikh voice through government engagement, media engagement, and alliance building.

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Advocate Academy Panelists and Trainers The Coalition is thankful to its partners in the government and non-profit communities for speaking on panels during the Academy, including Mazen Basrawi, United States Department of Justice; Akil Vohra, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders; Jeremy Woodrum, Office of Congressman Joseph Crowley; Michael Lieberman, Anti-Defamation League; Shawn Gaylord, Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network; Lexer Quamie, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; and Ashley Houghton, Rethink Media. The Sikh Advocate Academy has been made possible through the generous support of the Security & Rights Collaborative, a Proteus Fund Initiative, Open Society Institute – National Security and Human Rights Campaign and through individual contributions from the Sikh American community.