Giselle Klapper joined the Sikh Coalition as a Legal Fellow in October 2017 and was hired as a Staff Attorney in December 2017. In this role, she provides legal assistance and advocates on behalf of Sikhs who have been discriminated against or subject to bias upon their religious beliefs or Sikh identity in areas such as hate crimes, bullying, profiling, employment discrimination and religious rights cases.
Prior to joining the Sikh Coalition, Giselle was an Associate at the Law Firm of Tina Foster, where she focused on civil rights and international human rights issues. Giselle has a deep commitment to the defense and protection of human rights. During law school, she worked on the case against the nation of Chad’s former dictator Hissene Habre at Human Rights Watch in Belgium. She also worked at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Kosovo.
Giselle received a Bachelor of Laws and a Master’s Degree in International Law from the Sorbonne Law School in France. She holds an LL.M. from Cornell Law School, where she received a full academic scholarship. She is French and American, and is admitted to the New York bar. Outside of work, Giselle practices ballet.