Sandeep Prasad (Hon.) B.A., LL.B., is a lawyer and activist based in Ottawa. Since January 2011 he has served as the Executive Director of Action Canada for Population and Development (ACPD), a human rights organization working within Canada as well as internationally on sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Mr. Prasad’s resolve to commit his career to these issues solidified 16 years ago when he began his post-secondary education and immediately became a student activist promoting awareness of issues faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students on campus.
After earning his law degree at the University of Ottawa in 2004, Mr. Prasad served as ACPD’s director of International Human Rights Advocacy from 2006 to 2011, where he was principally responsible for ACPD’s advocacy activities within the UN human rights system. In this role, he established himself as a leader in efforts to advance sexual and reproductive rights within the work of key UN bodies and mechanisms. His advocacy was instrumental in prompting the UN Human Rights Council to include maternal mortality and morbidity as a human rights issue in a landmark 2009 resolution.
As part of his efforts to ensure that sexual and reproductive rights receive greater attention from the Human Rights Council and its mechanisms – including the universal periodic review (UPR), Mr. Prasad is an active participant in the Sexual Rights Initiative, a small South-North coalition of organizations that he helps to coordinate. He also currently serves on the Boards of the Asia-Pacific Alliance for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and the Canadian Council for International Cooperation.