Valarie Kaur (born February 14, 1981) is an American civil rights activist, documentary filmmaker, lawyer, educator and faith leader. She was born and raised in Clovis, California, where her family settled as Sikh farmers in 1913. When a family friend was the first person killed in a hate crime after September 11, 2001, she began to document hate crimes against Sikh and Muslim Americans, which resulted in the award-winning documentary film Divided We Fall: Americans in the Aftermath. Since then, she has made films and led story-based campaigns on hate crimes, racial profiling, immigration detention, solitary confinement, marriage equality, and Internet freedom. She is the founder of Groundswell Movement, considered "America's largest multifaith online organizing network," recognized for "dynamically strengthening faith-based organizing in the 21st century." She is also co-founder of Faithful Internet which organizes people of faith to protect net neutrality. She is currently the founder and director of the Revolutionary Love Project, which produces stories, tools, and thought leadership to equip people to practice love as a public ethic and wellspring for social action. Shortly after the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Kaur delivered a Watch Night address that went viral with over 30 million views worldwide. In 2017 she delivered a TED Talk entitled "3 Lessons of Revolutionary Love in a Time of Rage." Kaur earned undergraduate degrees in Religious Studies and International Relations at Stanford University, a master's in theological studies at Harvard Divinity School, and a J.D. at Yale Law School. She is a member of the California Bar. The Center for American Progress named Kaur "a standout figure in the world of interfaith organizing and activism." In 2012, she received the American Courage Award by Asian Americans Advancing Justice. In 2013, she was named a "Person of the Year" by India Abroad and one of eight Asian American "Women of Influence" by Audrey Magazine. In 2015, Kaur was recognized as a "Young Global Leader" by the World Economic Forum. In 2016, Harvard Divinity School awarded her the Peter J. Gomes Memorial Honor.