Kareema Motala

Kalisher Trust Intern

Kareema comes from a non-traditional background, being the first in her family to go to University and growing up in some of the most underprivileged parts of London. Kareema is the proud mother of two sons, one who is non-verbal and suffers from a rare progressive condition called Lowes Syndrome.

Kareema’s law journey began as she dealt with all areas of law due to her son’s disability, ensuring his rights and quality of life. Kareema graduated with a first in Law from the University of Greenwich this year, where she founded the Sabina Project in honour of Sabina Nessa, who was tragically murdered. Through this project, Kareema advocated against violence against women through the media and appeared in several television interviews, speaking about the epidemic. The project also hosted two sell-out events, “Contact at all costs”, with Justice Hayden delving into the difficulties for victims of abuse in the family legal system and “End Femicide now”, marking six months after the murder of Sabina. This event platformed Sabina’s sister and Karen Ingala-Smith from the femicide census, as well as Hannan Siddiqui an expert on violence against black and minority women, it explored the criminal justice system in the context of violence against women.

Through her work, she received the Jon Bowater Memorial Award for voluntary services, Best Community Outreach and Best New Society. After this, she undertook the first social mobility internship at the Attorney General’s office, working under three different attorneys and learning the inner workings of the government legal department. This year, she also received the Monique Viner scholarship award from Grays Inn and will be taking the Bar in January. ┬áKareema is passionate about making the law accessible and open to all.