Madhurima Boyapati Paturi
Madhurima Boyapati Paturi is the founder and President of ShakthiUS, a non-profit based in Central Florida dedicated to empowering girls and women of South Asian origin. In the course of dealing with clients as an Immigration Attorney, Mrs. Paturi observed firsthand that domestic violence was rarely spoken about in the South Asian community. Due to cultural norms, domestic violence victims often had to suffer alone, as the issue was not spoken about in families or outside of the home. Mrs. Paturi knew that domestic violence was not an isolated incident limited to only a few families, but because the issue was rarely spoken or reported about, there were limited information as to how prevalent it is in the South Asian community.
In her research on starting up ShakthiUS, Mrs. Paturi found that all of the domestic violence shelters in the State of Florida, while assisting women in general, did not specifically have resources to assist women of the South Asian community with their unique cultural attributes. It is for this reason she decided to found ShakthiUS, as a way for girls and women who are going through a difficult time in their lives to be a little more comfortable. The ultimate goal of ShakthiUS is to build a women’s shelter which would provide assistance to South Asian women using their language, their food, and their culture to help them transition to the next phase of their life. A secondary goal of the organization is to empower girls and women to become confident and leaders in their communities so that they ultimately do not become a victim
Mrs. Paturi is an Immigration Attorney and is the founder of Paturi Law. Born and raised in India, she graduated from law school from S K University in India and then began practicing law at the High Court in India. Upon emigrating to the United States, she pursued and received her L.L.M. degree in Intercultural Human Rights, from St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida. While at St. Thomas she also worked as an editor of the Intercultural Human Rights Law Review.
Mrs. Paturi then received her law license from the State of Washington, allowing her to practice before all Immigration Courts and offices in the United States. She immediately put this license to good use, working as an attorney for Catholic Charities. After working for Catholic Charities, Mrs. Paturi then fulfilled her dream of opening up her own law practice in 2007, concentrating solely on the practice of Immigration law.
In addition to her law practice, Mrs. Paturi is actively engaged in the community by speaking on various issues, including complex immigration issues, women’s and children’s rights, diversity in law firms. Currently, Mrs. Paturi is the Member of Washington State Bar, American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Immigration Committee Chairman for the South Asian Bar Association of North America, and is the President Elect for the 2020-2021 year for the South Asian Bar Association – Florida chapter. She is also fluent in various languages including Telugu and Hindi.
Lalitha Alladi is an immigration attorney, practicing law since 2006. Her inspiration to practice law came from her great-grandfather, who is one of the three members of the Indian Constituent Assembly, Sir Alladi Krishnaswami Iyer. Lalitha's passion for Shatkhi US comes from seeing immigrants being afraid of leaving a dangerous domestic situation for fear that they will lose their immigration status. In addition to immigration, she has a background in criminal prosecution, defense, and bankruptcy. Additionally, Lalitha serves as President of the South Asian Bar Association of Florida.