Aysha Qamar is a writer, poet and advocate based in the tri-state area. She currently serves as BGM’s News and Politics Editor and works as a staff writer for the Daily Kos. Before pursuing writing full time, she worked as a legal program coordinator and culturally specific sexual assault advocate for the South Asian community. She has extensive experience working with state officials and grassroots organizations on addressing issues of violence against women and language access. Common themes in her work include advocating for immigration reform, gender parity, feminism, language access, and cultural competency.