Sutapa Basu is the Executive Director of the University of Washington Women’s Center and co-chair of its Task Force against Human Trafficking. Under Dr. Basu’s leadership, the UW Women’s Center has grown into one of the largest university-based women’s center in the country, where women and men work in partnership to build a culture of gender equity.
At the UW Women’s Center, she ensures that through an array of educational, professional, and personal support programs, women and girls have access to the resources and information needed to make the best decisions for their future. Dr. Basu and the work of the Women’s Center is grounded in her dedication to empower women to speak out, take leadership roles, and demand equal treatment for women and children. Dr. Basu’s areas of academic specialization are women in developing economies and international development. She is passionate about women’s human rights and works extensively with women’s groups both locally and in India to promote girls education, gender equality, food security, sustainable development, and social justice. While abroad, Dr. Basu works on the ground, often times in red light districts to understand in-depth the daily experiences and brutality women and children face.
Dr. Basu is a recognized national leader and advocate for young immigrant women, particularly those who have been victims of human trafficking abuse. Through her work at the UW Women’s Center, she helped create the first statewide anti-trafficking legislation and new protections for mail-order brides. Dr. Basu serves on many boards and committees statewide, and has received several local and national awards for her human rights work.