Astha Rajvanshi is examining the lives of women and marginalized communities in India and greater South Asia. She will explore how groups navigate the notions of safety and freedom amid a rapidly changing political and economic landscape. Previously, she worked for the New York Times Magazine and was a recipient of the Open City Fellowship by the Asian American Writers Workshop in New York. Originally from Sydney, Australia, she is a graduate of Columbia University's Stabile Center for Investigative Reporting, where she was a Brown Institute Scholar for Media Innovation and a Global Migration Reporting Fellow.
Elizabeth Hawkins is based in El Salvador as a Critchfield Fellow, studying the push factors that lead so many to emigrate and seek asylum in the United States, with a focus on women who have experienced gender-based violence. She is documenting the impact of changing US immigration policy on the lives of Salvadorans and connecting with human rights advocates and others who are working to improve conditions for women and their families. After graduating from the University of Washington School of Law in 2010, Elizabeth founded a humanitarian immigration law practice in Seattle. She has represented hundreds of individuals and families as they navigate the US legal system, with an emphasis on advocating for those who have been subjected to abuse. Prior to law school, Elizabeth majored in English literature at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, and studied abroad in England and Spain.