Neginah Khalili is a professor at a local university and a prominent lawyer from Afghanistan who has been using her voice to fight for justice since the young age of 8. 

I was the first female prosecutor and attorney general in Ghor Province where I grew up, specializing in human rights defense and gender-based violence against women and girls. Forced to flee my homeland in 2021, I spent seven months as a refugee in Albania before arriving most recently to the U.S. this year to teach at Loyola University. Even with the resources I have, the pain of leaving loved ones and familiar things feels raw and it is not easy to navigate new systems. I wish to continue the fight for justice, women, and youth. ”