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 response to this urgent international crisis, culminating in the development of the Berkeley Law Afghanistan Project.

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

Focusing on three areas of critical need, the Afghanistan Project uses an interdisciplinary approach to further research, scholarship and advocacy around 1) advancing refugee rights and pathways to safety for Afghans fleeing persecution; 2) supporting the work of women’s legal rights advocates and human rights defenders in Afghanistan; and 3) documenting and preserving evidence of human rights violations in Afghanistan.

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Giving Opportunities

Your generous contribution to the Afghanistan Project will be used to further our work advancing the rights of Afghan refugees, supporting Afghan human rights defenders, and documenting evidence of human rights abuses in Afghanistan.

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Roya Massoumi

Roya Massoumi
Roya Massoumi ’04

Roya Massoumi ’04 is Co-Director for the Berkeley Law Afghanistan Project. Roya is an expert in civil rights laws prohibiting discrimination based on race, ethnicity, religion, age, disability, sex/sexual orientation, and national origin. She has over fifteen years of experience litigating in federal district courts and administrative tribunals, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Roya serves as Lead Assistant Counsel for one of the nation’s largest federal agencies, and advises leadership on compliance with Title VII, ADA, ADEA, and Whistleblower Act protections. Roya also counsels on the implementation of fair and objective internal investigation protocols. She has earned multiple federal commendations for her legal advocacy. Earlier in her legal career, Roya was an Associate for Clifford Chance US LLP, where she worked on securities and corporate litigation matters. Roya earned her J.D. at Berkeley Law in 2004, and interned for the International Human Rights Clinic. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California Berkeley in Political Science (with honors).

Zulaikha Aziz

Zulaikha Aziz ’08
Zulaikha Aziz ’08

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.


Amelia Miazad

Amelia Miazad ’02

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