Director of Youth Organizing
Rishi is a low-income, Trinidadian immigrant and graduate from Hunter College of the City University of New York with a degree in Psychology & Accounting. As an undocumented immigrant, Rishi is directly affected by immigration policies in the U.S. and his families are also deportees from Canada. Rishi joined DRUM in 2003 through the YouthPower! Summer Youth Organizing Institute. Rishi has served as a Youth Organizer from 2004-2007 and Steering Committee Member from 2009-2012. In 2009, Rishi was honored with the SAALT (South Asian Americans Leading Together) National Leadership Award. He was the NYC Peoples Global Action on Migration Development & Human Rights Coordinator in 2013 and is a recent DACA recipient. He has been a leader for DRUM’s immigrant rights work as an undocumented youth since 2003 and is the lead organizer for DRUM to the United We Dream network, and for the Administrative Relief campaign. As the Educational Justice Organizer at DRUM, Rishi also organizes youth members for the Dignity in Schools Campaign.