Sucharita S.K. Varanasi, JD
Sucharita S.K. Varanasi 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, international advocacy for policy reforms addressing sexual violence, handling the program’s budget and finances, and managing the field offices, including future program scale-up.
Varanasi joins 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, starting and implementing the firm’s participation in the 8th Grade Writing Program, and teaching an apprenticeship at Citizen Schools.
Prior to her work at Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP, 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 and studied the effects of forced migration of children in the region. 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.