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Arjun Singh Sethi

Arjun Singh Sethi
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EducationB.S. Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University
J.D. New York University School of Law
Alma materNew York University
Georgetown University
OccupationCivil Rights Writer
Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center

Arjun Singh Sethi (born in 1981)[1] is a Sikh American civil and political rights writer, human rights lawyer,[2] and Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center and Vanderbilt University Law School.[3][4]

Background and career

Sethi was born in 1981 and grew up in Virginia. His parents are originally from India. His family was one of the founding Sikh families in Virginia.[5]

Sethi received his B.S. from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University (magna cum laude, winner of the Jesse A. Mann Medal for Excellence in the field of Culture and Politics)[1] in 2003[1] and his J.D. from the New York University School of Law in 2008.[1] While at NYU, he was an Articles Editor for the New York University Journal of International Law and Politics.[6] He also received the Howard Greenberger Award for Excellence in the field of Comparative Law.[1] Sethi previously worked as an attorney with the international law firm of Covington & Burling in Washington D.C.,[7][8] and as the legislative counsel/policy advisor with the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union), also in Washington, D.C.[9] He has represented victims of domestic violence, asylum seekers, national security detainees, and criminal defendants on death row.[10]


Sethi is, according to CNN, "a frequent commentator on civil rights and social justice-related issues."[11] The New York Times reports that he specializes in "counterterrorism and law enforcement," and he has been invited by the government to preview and assess numerous intelligence and law enforcement programs prior to launch.[4][12] He is considered a subject-matter expert on racial and religious profiling.[13][14][15][16][17][18] His essays on these subjects have appeared in The Washington Post,[19][20] The Los Angeles Times,[21] Politico Magazine,[22] and in CNN.[23] The Center for American Progress has recognized his work on these issues, noting that in "debates on national security, he has called out actions that stigmatize innocent groups, fan the flames of Islamophobia, and harm Muslim, Arab, and Sikh Americans."[10]

Sethi's work has been cited in The Yale Law Journal,[24] The New York Times,[25] The Independent,[26] The Times of India,[27] The Intercept,[28] The International Business Times,[29] India Abroad, Tikkun Daily, Truthdig,[30] Daily Kos,[31] TeleSUR,[32] and many other print and digital publications.

Finally, his articles have appeared in Al Jazeera,[33][34][35] Al Jazeera America,[36][37] The Christian Science Monitor,[38][38][39][40] CNN,[23][41][42][43] The Guardian,[44][45][46][47] The Huffington Post,[48][49] The Los Angeles Times,[21] Politico Magazine,[22] USA Today,[50][51][52][53][54] The Washington Post,[19][20] and on the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees website.[55]


On December 3, 2015, Al Jazeera America published Sethi's article, "Saudi Arabia Uses Terrorism As An Excuse For Human Rights Abuses."[56] On December 18, 2015, The Intercept reported that the corporate headquarters of Al Jazeera had blocked access to the article, noting that the network had "told local press that it did not intend to offend Saudi Arabia or any other state ally, and would remove the piece."[57] The Intercept republished Sethi's article in full.[58] The censorship was covered by The Independent, The Times of India, Gawker, Jadaliyya, and other media outlets.[2][59][60][61]


  • Arjun Singh Sethi, ed. (July 2018). American Hate: Survivors Speak Out. The New Press. ISBN 9781620973714.






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  2. ^ a b "The article Saudi Arabia doesn't want you to read". The Independent. Retrieved 2016-01-19.
  3. ^ "Arjun. Sethi". Georgetown University Law Center.
  4. ^ a b "Arjun Sethi | Faculty | Law School | Vanderbilt University". Retrieved 2016-06-15.
  5. ^ Ash, Lucy (August 21, 2012). "Outlook BBC World Service for August 21, 2012". Outlook BBC World Service.
  6. ^ "NYU JILP Past Mastheads". New York University.
  7. ^ "COVINGTON SECURES ASYLUM FOR SOUTH KORDOFAN BISHOP". Covington & Burling. January 27, 2012.
  8. ^ "COVINGTON SECURES ASYLUM FOR IRANIAN BAHA'I REFUGEE". Covington & Burling. April 9, 2012.
  9. ^ "Arjun Sethi: ACLU Bio". American Civil Liberties Union.
  10. ^ a b "16 Faith Leaders to Watch in 2016". name. Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  11. ^ CNN Editor (Feb 26, 2014). "Editor's note to "Spying on Muslims is legal?"". CNN.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  12. ^ Goodstein, Laurie (2015-11-01). "F.B.I. Tool to Identify Extremists Is Criticized". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-01-19.
  14. ^ Ash, Lucy (August 21, 2012). "Interview on the Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting". Outlook BBC World Service.
  15. ^ Takruri, Dena (August 5, 2013). "Hatred In America One Year After Sikh Shooting". HuffPost Live.
  16. ^ "#NotYourTerrorist tackles anti-Muslim prejudice". Al Jazeera. March 27, 2014.
  17. ^ Randall, Eric (August 9, 2012). "Five Best Thursday Columns". The Wire.
  18. ^ Johnson, John (August 9, 2012). "How to Fight Bigotry? Take Lesson From Sikhs". Newser.
  19. ^ a b Sethi, Arjun (August 8, 2012). "Sikhs' inclusiveness is lesson in fighting bigotry". Washington Post.
  20. ^ a b Sethi, Arjun (November 29, 2013). "Sikh Americans' 'raw deal' at airport security". Washington Post.
  21. ^ a b Sethi, Arjun (August 3, 2013). "Oak Creek: An act of home-grown terrorism". Los Angeles Times.
  22. ^ a b "The FBI Needs to Stop Spying on Muslim-Americans". POLITICO Magazine. Retrieved 2016-06-15.
  23. ^ a b Sethi, Arjun (Feb 26, 2014). "Spying on Muslims is legal?". CNN.
  24. ^ Shah, Reema.”Beating Blackwater: Using Domestic Legislation to Enforce the International Code of Conduct for Private Military Companies.‘’Yale Law Journal’’ Vol. 23, #7 May 2014.
  25. ^ Goodstein, Laurie (2015-11-01). "F.B.I. Tool to Identify Extremists Is Criticized". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  26. ^ "The article Saudi Arabia doesn't want you to read". The Independent. Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  27. ^ "Al-Jazeera blocks article slamming Saudi Arabian human rights record - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  28. ^ "Al Jazeera Blocks Anti-Saudi Arabia Article". The Intercept. Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  29. ^ "FBI Faces Flak For Video Game-Like 'Don't Be A Puppet' Website". International Business Times. Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  30. ^ Kelly, Alexander (August 31, 2014). "Inappropriate Government Watchlisting Threatens Innocent Lives". Truthdig’’.
  31. ^ Watson, Liz (November 26, 2012). "Worse Treatment for Pregnant Workers: It's Ironic, Don't You Think?". ‘’Daily Kos’’.
  32. ^ "9/11 and the Neo-Conservative Agenda". ‘’TeleSUR’’. September 10, 2014.
  33. ^ Sethi, Arjun (May 15, 2013). "The US and enemy prisoners post 9/11". Al Jazeera.
  34. ^ Sethi, Arjun (March 12, 2013). "President Obama: Protect LGBT workers through executive order". Al Jazeera.
  35. ^ Sethi, Arjun (April 24, 2013). "Immigration of unaccompanied minors on rise". Al Jazeera.
  36. ^ Sethi, Arjun (April 28, 2014). "Americans' complicity in the prison rape crisis". Al Jazeera America.
  37. ^ Sethi, Arjun (February 12, 2014). "Incarceration across state lines". Al Jazeera America.
  38. ^ a b Sethi, Arjun (November 22, 2011). "GPS tracking: Supreme Court must protect Americans from Orwellian control". Christian Science Monitor.
  39. ^ Sethi, Arjun (June 5, 2012). "Don't penalize asylum-seekers at US ports". Christian Science Monitor.
  40. ^ Martin and Sethi (April 9, 2013). "Equal Pay Day: Raising minimum wage will help women – and the economy". Christian Science Monitor.
  41. ^ Sethi, Arjun (August 15, 2014). "A chance to limit spying on Americans". CNN.
  42. ^ Graves and Sethi (November 6, 2013). "Why unequal pay persists". CNN.
  43. ^ Sethi, Arjun (November 25, 2012). "Fairness needed for pregnant workers". CNN.
  44. ^ Sethi, Arjun (August 30, 2014). "The US government can brand you a terrorist based on a Facebook post. We can't let them make up the rules". The Guardian.
  45. ^ Sethi, Arjun (May 9, 2014). "It's time to close the workplace sexual harassment loophole". The Guardian.
  46. ^ Sethi, Arjun (February 13, 2014). "America's waiters, barbers, and bellhops haven't had a raise since 1991". The Guardian.
  47. ^ Sethi, Arjun (January 23, 2013). "Military contracting: our new era of corporate mercenaries". The Guardian.
  48. ^ Sethi, Arjun (June 2, 2012). "Strip Searching Americans Without Cause: A Blow to Personal Privacy". The Huffington Post.
  49. ^ Sethi, Arjun (September 1, 2011). "The Republic Of Sudan: Crisis Within". The Huffington Post.
  50. ^ Martin and Sethi (January 6, 2013). "Column: Why U.S. needs to ratify women's rights treaty". USA Today.
  51. ^ Sethi, Arjun (October 2, 2013). "Why is Brazil hosting 2014 World Cup? Column". USA Today.
  52. ^ Sethi, Arjun (March 13, 2013). "'Gideon' promise goes unfulfilled: Column". USA Today.
  53. ^ Sethi, Arjun (September 23, 2012). "Column: Is our judiciary up for sale?". USA Today.
  54. ^ Sethi, Arjun (February 14, 2012). "Column: Don't treat America's homeless as criminals". USA Today.
  55. ^ "Immigration of unaccompanied minors on rise". United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (originally published in Al Jazeera). April 23, 2013.
  56. ^ "OPINION: Saudi Arabia uses terrorism as an excuse for human rights abuses". Retrieved 2016-01-19.
  57. ^ "Al Jazeera Blocks Anti-Saudi Arabia Article". The Intercept. Retrieved 2016-01-19.
  58. ^ "Here's the Article on Saudi Arabia That Al Jazeera Blocked". The Intercept. Retrieved 2016-01-19.
  59. ^ "Al-Jazeera blocks article slamming Saudi Arabian human rights record - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2016-01-19.
  60. ^ "Al Jazeera Censors Its Own Anti-Saudi Arabia Article for International Readers". Gawker. Archived from the original on 2016-01-18. Retrieved 2016-01-19.
  61. ^ "Al Jazeera Censors English-Language Article Critical of Saudi Regime". Retrieved 2016-01-19.

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