Sucharita S.K. Varanasi, JD
Sucharita Varanasi leads PHR’s efforts on human rights and technology, primarily focusing on the development of MediCapt. MediCapt is a mobile application that will help clinicians effectively collect, document, and preserve forensic medical evidence of sexual violence to support the local prosecution of these crimes. The goal is that clinicians will be able to use the app to compile medical evidence, photograph survivors’ injuries, and securely transmit the data to authorities engaged in investigating, prosecuting, and seeking accountability for crimes of sexual violence.
In addition to managing the development of MediCapt, Sucharita provides leadership, management, and programmatic support for PHR’s Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones – a forensic training and advocacy initiative that helps forge networks of collaboration among medical, legal, and law enforcement personnel to support prosecutions and accountability for sexual violence in East and Central Africa. Chief among her responsibilities is legal research and writing and international advocacy for policy reforms addressing lack of accountability for crimes of sexual violence.
Varanasi joined PHR after having practiced public finance and corporate law at Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP in Boston for six years. At the firm, Varanasi provided counsel to various municipalities throughout Massachusetts, including the city of Boston, New Hampshire, and Maine and assisted government entities, 501(c)(3) organizations, and banks in connection with tax-exempt financing for public and non-profit organizations. Varanasi simultaneously had a robust pro bono and community service portfolio, including providing asylum assistance to a Cameroonian woman as well as teaching an apprenticeship at Citizen Schools.
Prior to the firm, Varanasi served as a W.J. Clinton Fellow at the American India Foundation in Bangalore, India, where she devised and conducted a study on the eradication of child labor. Before her fellowship, Varanasi worked as an investment banker at J.P. Morgan Chase.
Varanasi holds a JD from Emory University School of Law and a BA in international relations and economics from Tufts University.