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Archana Pyati

2002, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Archana Pyati

Archana Pyati

Name of Host Organization: Lawyers Committee for Human Rights
City, State: New York, NY
Issue area: Immigrant Populations/Minorities, Prisoners' Rights
Sponsors: Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP; William Zabel

The Project

Archana Pyati works with the Asylum Program of the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights in New York City. The Asylum Program provides legal services to hundreds of asylum seekers each year through the operation of one of the largest and most successful pro bono programs in the country. It also advocates for domestic adherence to international standards of refugee protection.

Archana provides legal counseling and rights information to asylum seekers held in detention. She interviews detained asylum seekers and participates in a legal representation program to bring free legal services to this highly marginalized population. Her work with detained refugees allows her to make significant contributions to policy reform projects addressing the detrimental effects that the immigration laws of 1996 and the events of 9/11 have had on treatment of refugees in the U.S.

Archana’s commitment to gaining access to justice for underrepresented populations helps her contribute to the goals of the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights. As a fellow at a human rights organization in Cambodia, Archana was involved in projects geared toward the protection of basic human rights of prisoners, children and women under domestic and international law. She was also a fellow at Jesuit Refugee Services in Zambia, helping to construct a legal approach to ameliorating the treatment of refugees using domestic and international law. Through internships with the ACLU of Michigan and the Jane and Maurice Sugar Law Center in Detroit, Archana deepened her understanding of the need for expanded and enforced human rights protection for underserved populations in this country. During law school, Archana was involved in the Legal Assistance for Urban Communities law clinic and was an organizer for the National Lawyers Guild and ACLU student chapters.