The current state of immigration in the US has a profound effect on women and families.
Please join NCJW NY on Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 for an informative conversation with immigration attorneys working with those who are victims of sex trafficking and domestic violence. At the end of the program, we will share meaningful ways that individuals in our communities in need of legal services can get connected to the pro-bono legal community. Register here.
Representatives of faith-based and secular organizations with access to immigrants in need of legal services are particularly encouraged to attend, but all interested individuals are welcome.
Andrea Panjwani is the supervising attorney overseeing African Services’ legal services programs, which advocate for the legal rights of immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers, including people living with HIV. Prior to joining African Services, she was a clinical instructor/adjunct professor at Brooklyn Law School in a program that served low- and middle-income senior citizens, many of whom were immigrants. Prior to that, Andrea was a staff attorney at Legal Services of Greater Miami for seven years representing low-income individuals in civil rights, housing, relationship violence, and family/dependency law matters. She has written a quarterly housing discrimination commentary for the ABA’s Journal of Affordable Housing, served as Vice-President of the Miami Coalition for the Homeless and as Vice-President of the Stanley Meyers Community Health Center. Andrea is a graduate of Fordham Law School and worked previously in the Congo where she learned conversational French.
Hamra Ahmad is Legal Director at Her Justice, a nonprofit organization providing legal services to women by connecting them to New York City law firms and their lawyers to secure life-changing results. Prior to joining Her Justice, Ms. Ahmad was Executive Director of the Hudson Valley Justice Center (HVJC), a nonprofit organization providing civil legal services to immigrants. She has also served as Director of the Center for Legal Services at My Sisters’ Place, a nonprofit organization working with victims of domestic violence and human trafficking where she implemented the Immigration Project, assisting battered immigrant women file self-petitions under the Violence Against Women Act, battered spouse waivers, U visas, T Visas as well as a host of other immigration issues. She is a leading expert in the area of Immigration and Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking in Westchester County, conducting trainings and presentations to law enforcement and social service agencies.
Sabrina Talukder is currently a Staff Attorney at The Legal Aid Society in the Domestic Violence/Immigration Unit in the Family Law Practice. She is a former Equal Justice Works Fellow and represents non-citizen survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking with criminal convictions in their immigration matters. She attended the University of California, Irvine for a B.A. in International Studies and Political Science, The London School of Economics and Political Science for an M.S.C. in Non-governmental Organizations and Development, and the University of Virginia School of Law for her J.D.