Nilmini Rubin
Outlaw Forced Sterilization
United States

Nilmini Gunaratne Rubin advocates on technology policy for the Information Technology Industry Council. She successfully influenced cybersecurity legislation to preserve industry’s ability to innovate while balancing privacy concerns.

She previously served as a senior aide for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee where she built bipartisan coalitions in the Senate and House of Representatives as well as with investors, businesses and civil society to secure passage of groundbreaking transparency law that will allow citizens to track trillions of dollars paid by oil companies to governments, a law providing much needed debt relief for Haiti, and law requiring reform by the development banks. She also secured governance reforms and contributions for the poorest countries as part of a $100 billion loan from the United States to the International Monetary Fund.

Nilmini was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2006 and a “40 under 40” in international development by Devex in 2010. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

In May 2012, Nilmini wrote an Op-Ed in the Los Angeles Times titled "A Crime Against Motherhood". The piece traces the American eugenics movement, highlights links to Nazi programs and argues that laws that still allow for forced sterilization in the United States should be repealed.

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Wednesday 25 July 2012: 9:00am - 10:30am