Shadan Kapri – Biography

Shadan Kapri was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar on Human Trafficking and a Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in the Criminal and Family Law Divisions.  She has been recognized for demonstrating leadership, dedication, and excellence in the law by becoming a Cambridge Who’s Who Professional of the Year Award Recipient (2011).  She is also a recipient of the Daily Point of Light Award (2007).

The Daily Point of Light was established by a former U.S. President to honor individuals and groups creating meaningful change in communities across America through public service.  Ms. Kapri is an attorney with a diverse range of experiences in the U.S. criminal justice system.  She prosecuted cases from domestic violence to drinking and driving, child abuse and neglect, assault with a deadly weapon, child rape, kidnapping, and first-degree rape.  This site includes a small selection of those cases. (Public Judicial Opinions)

She also worked in the Family Law Division of the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.  In the trial court level, she advocated on behalf of children in paternity establishment, contempt-of-court, and modifications of court orders in the best interest of the child.

She began her legal career at the Washington State Court of Appeals (Division III).  As a Senior Research Attorney for the Chief Judge, she assisted in drafting over a hundred judicial opinions.  Theses included criminal and civil legal matters ranging from first-degree murder to medical malpractice and negligent issues.  Her role was to analyze various legal issues and recommend to the panel of judges whether to affirm or reverse the rulings of the lower trial courts.

After graduating from law school, she was accepted into the U.S. Fulbright Program.  She completed a Fulbright Fellowship in Canada by analyzing the U.S. – Canadian role in combating human trafficking.  During the fellowship, she gave speeches, wrote published articles, and worked with law enforcement officials and attorneys to understand the unique challenges facing victims of trafficking and how the current laws were undermining their efforts.

Her analyses and conclusions were published in the Canadian Foreign Policy Journal: Special Fulbright Edition (2006) and later used in support of new legislation to protect victims of trafficking.  Specifically, Canada’s Bill S-223, Victims of Human Trafficking Protection Act; Bill S-218, An Act to Amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (in order to provide assistance and protection to victims of human trafficking); and Bill C-49, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (Trafficking in Persons).

She became interested in human trafficking after volunteering for the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland and Washington, D.C.  In Geneva, she was one of the editors and contributors for the publication Propose New Ways and Means to Strengthen the United Nation’s Capability for Collective Action.  This was distributed to every Member Nation and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.  She was also part of a group that received the United Nations Online Team of the Year Award (2007) for their work with the United Nations Development Program in Brasilia, Brazil.