Harmeet Dhillon, a Sikh American female lawyer, is a candidate for leading the civil rights division in the US Department of Justice under the current administration, The Sacramento Bee reports.
Dhillon currently works as a San Francisco trial attorney and is one of California’s three members of the Republican National Committee (RNC). She is an outspoken leader of the deeply outnumbered party in California. Last year, she was a vocal supporter of the then-candidate Donald J. Trump. She opened the second night of the Republican National Convention with a Sikh prayer in Punjabi, during the invocation.
Dhillon grew up in rural North Carolina and eventually graduated from Dartmouth College and University of Virginia School of Law. She represented persecuted Sikhs and served on the board of the Northern California chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Following last year’s political election, she believed there was validity to President Trump’s claims of illegal voting practices.
According to reports, Dhillon recently interviewed with US Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Washington, though it is not clear who else is being interviewed for the position.
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