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Rikha Sharma Rani

Senior Editor and Journalist, California


Rikha is a Bay area-based journalist and contributing editor for The Fuller Project. She was on the US-Mexico border in the fall of 2017 providing first-hand accounts of the devastating toll of family separation. She has written about the need for a gendered approach to criminal justice reform, a program to stop gun violence in Richmond, California and a school district in Connecticut working to reduce chronic absenteeism among preschoolers. In the lead up to the 2016 presidential election, she profiled five formerly incarcerated people who were casting their ballots for the first time. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Politico Magazine, The Lily, USA Today and the Columbia Journalism Review.

From 2014 to 2017, Rikha was Intelligence Director at the Solutions Journalism Network. She has worked extensively in the global health space, including as part of a team in New Delhi, India that negotiated drug prices for the treatment of HIV/AIDS in low-income settings. Rikha hails from Toronto, Canada and holds a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where she studied economic and political development. She is a former editor-in-chief of the Journal of International Affairs. 

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Recent reporting by Rikha:

Homes to Heal Trafficked Children, The New York Times

How a Miami Judge Pioneered a New Way of Handling Minor Human Trafficking Cases, Montgomery Advertiser

‘The ones nobody misses’: Scope of human trafficking in Alabama wider than reported, experts say, Montgomery Advertiser

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