Adhikaar, meaning rights in Nepali, is a New York-based non-profit organization working with Nepali communities to promote human rights and social justice for all.

Welcome to Adhikaar Online

Namaste! Welcome to the Adhikaar community!

Since 2005, Adhikaar has been committed to improving the lives of Nepali-speaking communities and getting our voices heard in the social justice movement. We have assisted thousands of individuals and families; trained hundreds of new leaders; and worked in coalitions to successfully change policies and create new laws at local, state, national, and international levels, including the New York State Domestic Workers Bill of Rights and the International Domestic Workers' Convention. We are currently leading the campaign for creating healthier nail salon industry in New York City and beyond.

Thank you for visiting our website, and thank you for your commitment to justice. Please feel free to drop by our newly renovated Community Center anytime Sunday through Thursday (1pm to 6pm), check out our Youtube channel, "like" our Facebook page, and follow us on Twitter.


News & Updates

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Anti-Trafficking Campaign

Adhikaar is one of the anchor organizations of the National Domestic Workers Alliance's Beyond Survival Campaign. The campaign seeks to support survivors of labor trafficking to become agents of change, bring their stories and voices into the main arenas of the trafficking debate that have historically been devoid of any discussion of workers' rights, and develop a vision for transformative change. 

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Annual Spring for Justice Fundraiser Reception

Join us for our annual Spring for Justice fundraiser reception. Celebrate with Nepali food, drinks, music, story sharing, and silent auction. Buy your tickets today.

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Hollis Pfitsch, Staff Attorney, The Legal Aid Society
Renu Sharma Sapkota & Dhani Ram Sapkota, Community Leaders

Host Committee (as of May 5, 2014):
Abha Shakya, Ai-jen Poo, Anthony Tassi, Anuj Tiku, Arjun Gurung, Ashok Gurung, Brittin Alfred, Brooke Beardslee, Carinne Luck, Chaumtoli Huq, Councilmember Daniel Dromm, Gene Carroll, Harvey Epstein, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, Nancy MacPherson, Premilla Nadasen, Rashik Adhikari, Rinchen Sherpa, Sameer Maskey, Sanjeev Sherchan, Shikshya Khatiwada, Shirley Lin, Steve Flax, Suniti Thapa, Yangchen Chadotsang, Yanki Tshering

Adhikaar Team - Board, Staff, Steering Committee: 
Azadeh Khalili, Bharati Rai, Brinda Rai, Chandra Malla, Devi Karki, Kushma Thapa, Lakpa Sherpa, Luna Ranjit, Mamta Gurung, Namrata Pradhan, Narbada Chhetri, Pradeep Ghale, Punam Rana Magar, Raji Pokhrel, Ram Gurung, Sandhya Gurung Pradhan, Suhana Gurung, Susan Hangen, Upasana Mainali, Urvashi Kaul, Yangchen Dolma

Check out the pictures from last year's event by our volunteer photographer, Sonam Ukyab:

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Banbhoj - Adhikaar's Anniversary Picnic

Save the Date - Saturday, July 26
Flushing Meadows Corona Park (near Queens Museum)
Queens, NY 11368

Direction: Take 7 to Mets-Willets Point
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Moving Forward with the Nail Salon Campaign


Narbada Chhetri leads a Nail Salon Health & Safety training by facilitating ergonomic exercises with nail salon workers and beauty salon workers from Brooklyn and Queens.

We are making progress with our Nail Salon Campaign - we are now done with our surveys, and have completed almost 200 surveys of Nepali-speaking nail salon and beauty salon workers on health and safety issues at the workplace, as well as focus group discussions. With support from the Data Center, we are analyzing the data and preparing a report, which will be released later in the year. Adhikaar is also collaborating with the Center for Urban Pedagogy and artists from Welcome Workshop as part of the Making Policy Public poster series, in a project using visuals to make public policy issues surround nail salons accessible to the workers and the customers.


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Map to Adhikaar Office

Come check out our community center at 71-07 Woodside Avenue, Woodside, NY 11377. It is a wheelchair-accessible, environment-friendly space, conveniently located near subways, bus lines, schools, and houses of worship. Please visit us!