"As societies build walls of separation between communities,
ICAAD works to remove each brick to illuminate our common humanity"

Jaspreet K Singh, JD

Co-founder
 

Jaspreet K. Singh is the Co-Founder and Director of Policy & Advocacy for the International Center for Advocacy Against Discrimination  (ICAAD), a non-profit organization dedicated to combating structural discrimination and promoting human rights norms consistent with public international law.

Jaspreet handles a variety of concerns at ICAAD leading the portfolios of litigation, policy analysis and advice, government and media advocacy, and deployment of technologies; he also works on grant proposals, human rights education, video and graphic design, and community organizing. 

His experience includes being a Clinical Supervising Attorney for a Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Training & Human Rights Lawyering Program at the Leitner Center for International Law & Justice at Fordham Law School; presenting at the United Nations 62nd DPI Conference on nuclear disarmament between India and Pakistan; assisting in the filing of cases against France before the UN Human Rights Committee, and presenting various civil and human rights issues before UN special rapporteurs, the White House, members of Congress, and other US government agencies. He has worked in New York and other parts of the country on several hate and bias related crime cases, as well as other civil rights campaigns.

Jaspreet graduated from Florida State University with a Juris Doctorate degree and Certificate in International law, and is admitted to practice before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and in Georgia. He has his Bachelor’s in Philosophy and Political Science from Emory University in Atlanta, where he was born and raised.

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#RaiseYourShield

This Civil Rights and Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we’d like to challenge you to reflect on how fear may have influenced your opinions, especially of others, and to take a step towards the courage to overcome those fears. Why the focus on fear you might ask?

Famed marketer and author Simon Sinek in his book “Start with Why” outlines six typical manipulations used in sales and marketing, one of which is the use of fear. On fear, Sinek says, “When fear is being employed, facts are incidental. Deeply seated in our biological drive to survive, that emotion cannot be quickly wiped away with facts and figures.”

In the current political atmosphere, in the U.S. and around the globe, fear is often used by politicians and campaigners to polarize debates and to demonize marginalized communities, using them as scapegoats for the real economic, social, and political challenges that societies face.

Martin Luther King, Jr. understood how important fear is, so much so that he gave a sermon on it named “Antidotes for Fear.” It’s worth reading in its entirety, especially because it recognizes the importance, necessity, and creativity of fear (kinginstitute.stanford.edu/king-papers/documents/draft-chapter-xiv-mastery-fear-or-antidotes-fear). However, particularly pertinent section was highlighted by King’s wife Coretta Scott King in her book “My life with Martin Luther King, Jr”:

“First Martin spoke of the many kinds of fear that troubled men and women in this period of change and "calamitous uncertainty"— fear of illness or economic disaster, fear of personal inadequacy in our highly competitive society. More terrible was the fear of death, even racial annihilation, in this atomic age, when the whole world teetered on "a balance of terror . . . fearful lest some diplomatic faux pas ignite a frightful holocaust."

"Some fears are normal and necessary," he said, like the fear of snakes in a jungle, but when they become neurotic and unchecked, they paralyze the will and reduce a man to apathy or despair. He quoted Emerson, who wrote, "He has not learned the lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear."

How, then, to overcome fear? First, Martin said, "We must un-flinchingly face our fears . . . this confrontation will, to some measure, grant us power. . . . "Second, we can master fear through one of the supreme virtues known to man— courage . . . courage is the power of the mind to overcome fear.”"

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