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Azin Ahmadi

  • Hosted by Capital District Women's Bar Association Legal Project
  • Sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP
  • Service location Albany, New York
  • Law school University of California, Los Angeles School of Law
  • Issue area Immigrant Populations
  • Fellowship class year 2019
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Azin provided holistic services to immigrant communities, specifically Muslim immigrant communities, grappling with domestic violence in the Capital Region of New York.

Azin sought to close the justice gap by providing culturally competent, holistic services to Muslim immigrants who are survivors of domestic violence. Domestic violence is still one of the most chronically underreported crimes in the United States, and studies show that immigrants, particularly those who are undocumented and/or whose status depends on an abusive spouse, are especially vulnerable to abuse and exploitation. Despite the large and ever-growing immigrant Muslim communities in the Capital District area, there were no immigration service providers that worked directly with these communities.

Azin used the skills she learned as an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Fellow working in immigration for her second Equal Justice Works Fellowship. Her experiences with the asylum-seeking and immigration processes indelibly shaped the core of who she is as an attorney and her unwavering commitment to serving vulnerable communities

Fellowship Highlights

Through her project, Azin promoted safety and independence for Muslim immigrant survivors of domestic violence. Azin provided direct legal representation to her clients in a variety of immigration proceedings, including asylum, VAWA, U-visas, and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) petitions, and was able to secure legal immigration status for many of them. Through the provision of holistic services, Azin helped many of her clients secure housing, healthcare, public benefits, and mental health services. Azin also co-authored chapter in the New York State Bar Association Journal’s special edition, “Is America Fulfilling Its Promise?” entitled “Recent Changes in Immigration Law: A View from the Capital District of NY.”  Through her work, Azin laid a foundation for re-framing the way attorneys and social service providers in the Capital District of New York talk about domestic violence within Muslim communities as a religious/Islam issue and worked to dispel the notion that Muslims are a monolith.

Next Steps

Azin transitioned to the Albany office of New York law firm Harris Beach, PLLC, where she will continue to practice immigration law.

Media

A Year Serving Immigrant and Refugee Populations

Iranian immigrant attorney helps Capital Region Muslims facing domestic violence

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