Haben Girma, Civil Rights Advocate
Born of deaf-blind to Eritrean immigrants in California, Haben Girma is a beacon of hope to people with disabilities who haven’t been able to exercise their rights or be able to get access to digitalized technologies to communicate or get education.
Haben Girma empowers students with disabilities to become better self-advocates, and teaches families and educators to set high expectations. The first deaf-blind student at Harvard Law School, she is on her way to becoming a disability rights lawyer. Business Insider ranked her among the 21 Most Impressive Students at Harvard Law School, and the White House recognized her as a Champion of Change. After law school, Haben will serve as a Skadden Fellow at Disability Rights Advocates where she will work to increase the accessibility of digital instructional materials at colleges and universities. Haben strongly believes that education leads to positive change. Through her many speeches and workshops, Haben educates the public about essential civil rights issues
Haben Girma has worked zealously to achieve equal opportunities for Americans with disabilities, beginning with her leadership in the National Association of Blind Students. During her time at Harvard Law School, she has worked with the Cyberlaw Clinic and the Disability, Veterans and Estate Planning clinic.