Security & Rights Collaborative Program Officer
In 2008 Dimple Abichandani joined Proteus Fund.
role as program officer she
leads the efforts of a funding collaborative whose aim is to shift the terms of debate around national security and human rights, and build capacity of Muslim, Arab and South Asian community organizations that are challenging post 9/11 profiling and discrimination.
Dimple manages an innovative comprehensive communications infrastructure, a model for the social justice field, that serves 120 human rights organizations with the goal of increasing communications capacity and coordination.
Prior to joining the Proteus Fund she was the Director of Program Development at Legal Services NYC, where she developed impact-oriented advocacy projects to address the civil legal needs of low-income communities, with a focus on the rights of low income immigrants.
Dimple founded the Language Access Project to ensure access to justice for limited English proficient individuals, and developed a low-wage workers rights project.
Dimple currently serves on the advisory committees of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education and the Asian Americans Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy Civic Engagement Fund.
was a 2005 CORO NY New American Leaders Fellow and in 2007 was invited to participate in a New York-Hamburg Integration Xchange Program, administered by the US State Department
to promote dialogue between advocates working in new immigrant communities.
he served for six years as a Board Member for the Third Wave Foundation, a feminist activist foundation that supports young women and transgender youth working for social, economic, gender and racial justice.
Dimple earned a Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law in 2002, and a BA with Honors in English from the University of Texas at Austin in 1995.