Shamita Das Dasgupta

Cofounder

Manavi

Adjunct Professor of Law

New York University

Shamita Das Dasgupta is a cofounder of Manavi (New Jersey), the first organization in the U.S. to focus on violence against South Asian immigrant women. She has been engaged in advocacy to end violence against women for over thirty years. Shamita has taught at Rutgers University and is currently teaching as an adjunct professor at NYU Law School. In addition to several articles and reports, she is the author of four books, The Demon Slayers and Other Stories: Bengali Folktales (1995, Interlink Books, USA); A Patchwork Shawl: Chronicles of South Asian Women in America (1998, Rutgers University Press, USA); Body Evidence: Intimate Violence Against South Asian Women in America (2007, Rutgers University Press, USA); Mothers for Sale: Women in Kolkata’s Sex Trade (2009, DasGupta-Alliance, India); and Globalization and Gestational Surrogacy in India: Outsourcing Life (2014, Lexington Books). Shamita serves on several national boards including being appointed by New Jersey's Governor to the NJ Domestic Violence Fatality and Near Fatality Review Board. In addition to various awards, her work has received wide recognition in national and international media.