Manisha Munshi
UCGHI Women’s Health & Empowerment Fellow
A.B. Harvard College, 2006
J.D. UCLA, 2010


Manisha Munshi is a Women’s Health and Empowerment Fellow at the UC Global Health Institute. Through this fellowship, funded by the National Institutes for Health Fogarty International Center, Munshi’s research focuses on legal empowerment models to help combat the spread of HIV/AIDS among women in detention in South and Southeast Asia.  She conducts her research at Just Detention International, a human rights organization in Los Angeles that works to end sexual abuse in detention. Munshi is examining the legal framework relevant to women in detention in South and Southeast Asia. She will also conduct qualitative field research in Mumbai, India exploring sex workers’ experiences with detention. Munshi is mentored by Lara Stemple at UCLA School of Law, David Eisenman at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, and Lovisa Stannow at Just Detention International.
Munshi earned her A.B. with a joint concentration in Social Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Harvard College (2006) and her J.D. from the UCLA School of Law (2010).  Her research interests include international law, human rights, trafficking and sex work, and the intersections among these topics.  She has conducted anti-trafficking work for Saathi, a Mumbai-based NGO, and has researched refugee resettlement policies at the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.