Amrith Kaur Aakre Takes Charge of EEOC’s Chicago District
A Track Record of Excellence and Commitment
Ms. Aakre’s appointment comes as no surprise to those familiar with her impressive career in civil rights and law. Before joining the EEOC, she served as the legal director for the Sikh Coalition, where she showcased her expertise in tackling complex civil rights issues. EEOC Chair Charlotte A. Burrows praised Aakre’s “proven track record of creative problem solving, broad management experience, and a deep commitment to civil rights.”
In her new role, Aakre brings a wealth of experience and a passion for justice. “I have incredible respect for the EEOC and its mission to advance equal employment opportunities for all,” Aakre stated. “I’m grateful to be appointed Chicago District Director and look forward to working with the dedicated members of the Chicago District to create impactful change.”
A Rich History in Civil Rights Advocacy
Aakre’s background in civil rights is extensive and diverse. Her leadership at the Sikh Coalition involved high-impact litigation on crucial issues such as workplace discrimination, hate crimes, and school discrimination. Notably, under her direction, the organization drafted significant amicus briefs, with one being cited by the Supreme Court.
Her legal prowess was also evident during her over 11 years as a prosecutor in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in Chicago. There, she played a pivotal role in expanding access to restorative justice and rehabilitative courts.
Recognitions and Educational Background
Aakre’s contributions to civil rights and the legal community have not gone unnoticed. She is a multiple award recipient, including SABA North America’s Public Interest Achievement Award and the Asian American Coalition of Chicago’s Community Service award. Her leadership extends to serving on the Board of Directors for the ACLU of Illinois and the South Asian Bar Association of Chicago.
Her academic credentials are equally impressive, holding dual bachelor’s degrees from The George Washington University and a juris doctor from The University of Illinois at Chicago Law School.
Looking Ahead: A Bright Future for EEOC’s Chicago District
With Aakre at the helm, the EEOC’s Chicago District is poised for a future of impactful change and stronger enforcement against unlawful employment discrimination. Her experience, coupled with her deep respect for the EEOC’s mission, makes her an ideal leader to advance the cause of equal employment opportunities in the Chicago region and beyond.
As Aakre embarks on this new chapter, her dedication to civil rights work and her commitment to engaging with various community and professional groups promise a dynamic and effective approach to leadership in the EEOC’s Chicago District.