Berkeley Law Afghanistan Project

afghanistanIn the wake of the grave humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law and the Berkeley Law Pro Bono Program recognize a need to immediately provide pro bono legal support to individuals at risk of persecution in Afghanistan.

Collaborative efforts resulted in UC Berkeley’s swift and collaborative response to this urgent international issue, culminating in the development of the Berkeley Law Afghanistan Project.

The Afghanistan Project will focus on providing immediate legal support to individuals fearing persecution in Afghanistan. Applying an advocacy strategy developed by Berkeley Law alumnae Zulaikha Aziz and Roya Massoumi, students will learn to critically and effectively analyze a broad range of legal issues involving immigration, asylum, and international human rights law.   

The Afghanistan Project will also focus on building mechanisms to place accountability for human rights law on national and international actors. A central aspect of this initiative will be to take measures to preserve evidence of human rights abuses in Afghanistan.

Learn more about the project in our story


Giving Opportunities

The Berkeley Law Afghanistan Project has partnered with a community of Afghan organizers, Pangea Legal Services and Centro Legal de La Raza to assist Afghans seeking humanitarian parole into the United States and is seeking donations to pay for the $575 application fee required by USCIS for each application.

All donations made using this button will go towards the $575 fee per humanitarian parole application and to pay for expedited shipping of all applications.

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Your generous contribution to the Afghanistan Initiative will be used to further the Afghanistan Project’s ongoing research, scholarship and advocacy advancing the rights of Afghan refugees as well as human rights defenders in Afghanistan.

Your gift will also support ongoing efforts to document and preserve evidence of human rights abuses in Afghanistan.

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Co-Directors

Roya Massoumi

Roya Massoumi is Co-Director for the Berkeley Law Afghanistan Project. She also serves as in-house counsel for a federal agency. Roya is an expert in civil rights anti-discrimination laws and has decades of experience litigating in arbitrations, federal district courts, and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Roya also advises on the development of fair and independent internal investigations. She has earned multiple federal commendations for her legal advocacy. Earlier in her legal career, Roya was an Associate for Clifford Chance New York, where she worked on securities and corporate litigation matters. In 2004, Roya earned her J.D. at Berkeley Law, where she interned at the International Human Rights Clinic. Roya also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science (with honors) from UC Berkeley, (2001).

Zulaikha Aziz

Zulaikha Aziz is Co-Director of the Berkeley Law Afghanistan Project. Her work focuses on human rights law, women’s legal empowerment, access to justice, and rule of law internationally with a particular focus on Afghanistan, where she has worked for nearly two decades with international and local organizations. Zulaikha’s research and scholarship focuses on the intersection of human rights, international development and the law. She recently co-authored “Combating Corruption to Counter Conflict: Proposals for In-country Reform and International Community Intervention” with Hana Ivanhoe for the Berkeley Journal of International Law, examining the impacts of corruption on conflict in the contexts of Afghanistan and Myanmar. Other recent publications focus on women’s rights in Afghanistan and Islamophobia in U.S. higher education and she has taught on Gender and Global Issues at the University of Southern California. Zulaikha is a 2008 graduate of Berkeley Law and holds a Master of Science degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Economics and International Development from McGill University. Zulaikha is fluent in Dari and English.

Advisor

Amelia Miazad

Amelia Miazad ’02 is an expert in sustainable capitalism and founded and leads the Business in Society Institute at Berkeley Law. The Institute’s mission is to define and advance a legal and policy agenda that encourages companies to account for stakeholders and the environment. Read full profile