Monami Maulik was born in the refugee colonies of Kolkata, India and grew up in Bronx, New York. She has been an organizer in the fields of immigrant, racial justice, youth, and global justice for over 18 years. She holds a bachelors degree in International Development, Women’s Studies, and South Asian Studies from Cornell University.
In 2000, Ms. Maulik founded Desis Rising Up & Moving (DRUM) as one of the first South Asian immigrant workers’ membership-based organizations for social justice in the US. As DRUM's Executive Director, she has built leadership, developed campaigns, and led national and global alliance work. She currently serves as a board member for the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, the Dignity in Schools Campaign, the Civil Society Steering Committee for the UN High Level Dialogue on Migration, Immigrant Communities in Action (ICA), the United National Anti-War Committee, and as an Advisory Board member of the North Star Fund. In 2012, Ms. Maulik launched the Global South Asian Migrant Workers Alliance, which she continues to coordinate.
Prior to DRUM, Ms. Maulik was an Organizing Committee member of the NY Taxi Workers’ Alliance and Interim Executive Director of TICO (Training Institute for Careers in Organizing). She has served in leadership roles in United for Peace and Justice, Grassroots Global Justice, Racial Justice 911, and the NYC Organizing Support Center. Ms. Maulik has received various awards, including the Union Square Award, the Open Society Institute NYC Community Fellowship of the George Soros Foundation (2001), the Jane Bagely Lehman Award of the Tides Foundation “Honoring Post 9/11 Organizing for Immigrant Rights and Civil Liberties”, the Community Leadership Award from New York City Council Member Daniel Dromm, the Asian American Heritage Award from NYC Comptroller John C. Liu, and the Compass Award from Women in Islam. She is published in Howard Zinn’s book Voices of a People’s History, the Journal on Race and Ethnicity, and Left Turn (a bimonthly activist news magazine). She speaks to audiences across the US and internationally on issues of migrant rights, global justice, racial justice/equity, and national security and human rights.