Sadr is an expert on women’s legal rights in Iran. She was director of Raahi, a now-closed legal advice center for women, and founded the website Women in Iran to showcase women’s rights efforts in Iran.
As a practicing lawyer, she has successfully defended several women activists and journalists in court, who had been sentenced to execution.
She is one of the Iranians who have campaigned to eradicate the practice of capital punishment by stoning, particularly of women, in a campaign known as End Stoning Forever. This campaign is one of several launched by Women’s Field, a women’s rights group of which Sadr is a member.
Following the 2003 Bam earthquake, she helped organize a relief effort to collect food and supplies for women and children in the area of Bam.
Sadr is the defense lawyer of Shiva Nazar Ahari, a human rights defender and member of the Committee of Human Rights Reporters, who was arrested on 14 June 2009 and is believed to have beeen held incommunicado since then in Evin Prison.
In 2004, she received the Ida B. Wells Award for Bravery in Journalism. In 2009 she was given 50 000 euro, as a special prize founded by Lech Walesa, legendary leader of Polish “Solidarity” and laureate of Nobel Peace Prize in 1983.
She also received a Dutch human rights prize, the Human Rights Defenders Tulip, on November 9, 2009.