AFI LEADERSHIP

Dinesh Khosla, Executive Director, SDK Foundation for Human Dignity

Dr. Dinesh Khosla is the Founder and Executive Director of the SDK Foundation for Human Dignity. Throughout his fifty-year career as an academic and activist, Dr. Khosla has committed himself to promoting human dignity and protecting fundamental human rights.

Dr. Khosla is a professor of law at the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law. He received his early education in India, earning B.A., LL.B. and LL.M. degrees from Delhi University, and a graduate degree in Sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University. A passionate devotee of civil disobedience, he spent months in Indian jails during the 1960s. After coming to the United States, he received LL.M. and J.S.D. degrees from Yale Law School. 

The Senior Schell Fellow at Yale Law School in 2003-2004, he has written reports and papers presented in the U.S., Costa Rica, India, and Mexico, and has served on the boards of several professional organizations, including the Board of Directors of the Policy Sciences Center at Yale Law School. 

 

Sanjay Sethi, co-Director, Artistic Freedom Initiative

Sanjay Sethi serves as AFI’s co-Director, overseeing its asylum program for persecuted artists. For the last 15 years, Mr. Sethi has dedicated his career to public service and international human rights.

Mr. Sethi is the co-founder of Sethi & Mazaheri, LLC, a law firm dedicated to immigration and asylum law.  He is also a former prosecutor and served as a law clerk in criminal court for the Superior Court of New Jersey.

Mr. Sethi's commitment to human rights is rooted in his experience at the United Nations Children’s Fund in Moscow, Russia, and at the Columbia University Public Interest Law Initiative in Budapest, Hungary.  He received his BA in economics from Northwestern University, his MA in International Affairs from Columbia University and his JD from University of Miami School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in New York, New Jersey, and Washington DC. 

 

Reza Mazaheri, co-Director, Artistic Freedom Initiative

Mr. Mazaheri serves as AFI’s co-Director, heading its program on immigrant and non-immigrant petitions for censored artists.  For the greater part of his career, Mr. Mazaheri dedicated himself to advancing human rights and safeguarding the public interest.   

Mr. Mazaheri is the co-founder of Sethi & Mazaheri, LLC, a law firm dedicated to immigration and asylum law.  He is also a former prosecutor and served as a law clerk in criminal court for the Superior Court of New Jersey.  In addition to his extensive background in providing public interest based legal services, Mr. Mazaheri worked in the Middle East, North Africa division of Human Rights Watch.

Mr. Mazaheri received his BA from State University of New York at Stony Brook in Political Science and his JD from Seton Hall University School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey.

 

Ashley Tucker, Program Development Consultant, Artistic Freedom Initiative

Ashley Tucker serves as AFI’s Program Development Consultant, leading planning and implementation of its programs and legal services for at-risk artists. Having lived, worked and volunteered abroad for many years, Ms. Tucker has dedicated her career to international human rights and social justice.

Ms. Tucker has worked for the United Nations Human Rights Committee in Geneva, the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, and the Centre for Civil and Political Rights. She has conducted research and human rights trainings in Haiti, worked on strategic litigation before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and worked as a volunteer in El Salvador and Nicaragua.

Ms. Tucker received her BA from University of Arizona in Studio Art, and her JD from City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law. She is admitted to practice law in New York.