Juhu Thukral is a leading advocate on the rights of women, girls, and LGBTQ people. She is also an expert and strategist on narrative, framing, and digital storytelling. Her work focuses on sexual health and rights, gender-based violence, and the intersections of economic opportunity, immigration, and criminal justice.
Juhu is a founder of numerous ventures supporting women and LGBTQ people, and has been recognized as one of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century by Women’s eNews, a Trailblazer by Re:Gender, and an Everyday Shero by NAPAWF. She was also selected to give the inaugural talk for the Anita Hill Lecture Series.
Currently Juhu is the Program Director at the Narrative Initiative, where she is on the launch team to create and sustain a new global narrative network. The Narrative Initiative leads strategic communications + cultural advocacy programs and trainings addressing a wide range of human rights and social change concerns.
Prior to this, Juhu was the Director of Law and Advocacy at The Opportunity Agenda. Before that, she was the Founder and Director of the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center. Juhu is a founding Steering Committee member of the NY Anti-Trafficking Network and a Senior Founding Advisor to the SOAR Institute. She also co-founded the NYC Women’s Salon.
Juhu obtained her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she was awarded the Elaine Osborne Jacobson Award for Women in Health Care Law, and her B.A. from Rice University.