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Amna Riaz Shirazi

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AMNA R. SHIRAZI, JD


LEGAL EXPERT / DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE ADVISOR

Accomplished attorney with 12+ years of experience representing diverse clients in complex immigration matters.  Possess in-depth knowledge of democratic governance and reform, particularly in Islamic countries in the Middle East and South Asia. Offer insightful electoral and legal advice in global emerging democracies, successfully promoting strong democratic governance. Successfully support and advise private consulting firms and NGOs. Advocate for immigration reform, fair elections, and human rights. Write well-received articles and op-ed pieces. Participate in panel discussions, teaching seminars, and interviews to educate the community. Successfully represent asylum clients who face political persecution, gender discrimination, and unreasonable detention. Proficient in English, Urdu, Hindi, Spanish, and Punjabi. Pursuing LLM focused on Democratic Governance Issues at Emory University. Possess genuine passion for increasing access to human rights, providing incisive policy advice, advocating for democratic governance and immigration reform. Key areas of focus include:

Immigration Policies • Border Security • Human Rights • Islam and Democracy • South Asian Affairs • Muslim-American Relations • U.S. National Security Policy • Anti-Terrorism Efforts


 


 


ACTIVITIES




WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL OF ATLANTA YOUNG LEADERS, Atlanta, GA


 


2010-Present
Conference Director and Executive Committee Member
Deliver presentations and moderate panel discussions at public briefings to diplomats, global business leaders, and experts. Collaborate closely with Board of Directors to facilitate private forums, roundtable discussions, cultural exchanges, and foreign policy briefings.
Collaborated with academic institutions to enrich research and dialogue on critical international issues.
Planned conference focused on Democratization and cultivating young leaders.
Chosen to participate on panel discussion focused on issues facing immigrants and refugees.

THE CARTER CENTER, Atlanta, GA


 


2010
Sudan Presidential Election Monitor
Monitored the first Sudanese Presidential election in 24 years as an international election observer. Inspected voter registration policies, ballots, and election sites in Khartoum Province. Provided tactical support.

SEEDR/L3C, Inc., Atlanta, GA


 


2009-Present
Immigration and Business Development Advisor
Assist global R&D organization offering governments, NGOs, and individuals with better access to sustainable development. Provide incisive advice on immigration issues and increase outreach in emerging democracies.
Developed and deployed relevant technology-enabled solutions to drive progress.
Collected proposals from aid organizations, identifying funding sources and providing legal advice.

SHAMS, Ramallah, Palestine


 


2010-Present
U.S. General Counsel
Provide fundraising support for non-profit, NGO Media Center focused on promoting women’s rights. Review project proposals and present to U.S. donors. Sign contracts and protect intellectual property.

DAI PAKISTAN, Atlanta, GA


 


2010-Present
Legal Expert
Provide legal advice on human rights, anti-corruption, and legislative and election reform in Pakistan as part of private development consulting firm with contracts with the World Bank and USAID. Review UN documents and research data on government corruption. Generated reports on solution and bidding ideas.

AMERICAN IMMIGRATION LAWYER’S ASSOCIATION, Atlanta, GA 


 


2010-Present
Advocacy Committee Member
Lobby and advocate for immigration reform. Advocate for fair enforcement of immigration legislation, including HB87. Educate state legislators on detrimental impacts of harsh immigration legislation on economic interests. Participate in public dialogues on immigration policies.

Appointed to the GSU Dept. of Religious Studies Advisory Board. Guest lecturer at Emory University School of Law.
Volunteer with Project Open Hand, Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army. and Emory School of Law pro-bono projects.

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Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Urdu, Hindi

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Immigration: 100%
    16 years, 5 thousand cases

Payment

Fees:

Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Shirazi Law Group, Inc.

SunTrust Plaza 303 Peachtree St., NE
Suite 4100
Atlanta, GA, 30308

Shirazi Law Group, Inc.

1801 Gillionville Rd.
Albany, GA, 31707

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
GAActive Member in Good Standing 200107/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Distinguished Citizen of GeorgiaGeorgia Secretary of State2014
Outstanding Asian MuslimsIslamic Speakers Bureau2014
Rising Stars 40 under 40Fulton County Daily Report2014
40 under 40 Best and BrightestGeorgia Trend Magazine2014
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founder & Principal MemberThe Shirazi Law Group, Inc2001 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorEmory University2013 - 2014
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Georgia Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2014 - Present
Georgia Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2014 - Present
Georgia Hispanic Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
Gwinnett County Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
Lawyers Club of AtlantaMember2012 - Present
State Bar of GeorgiaMember2001 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2000 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Matter Of L...Win
Matter of C...Win
Matter of TomWin
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
The Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionMore Mexicans requesting asylum2012
The Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionTravel journal: Pakistan in conflict2011
The Post and CourierMany Muslims are moderates — and loyal Americans2011
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Emory University School of LawDemocratic GovernanceLL.M - Master of Laws2012
Georgia State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Radio InterviewImmigration2014
Interview on Immigration and RefugeesImmigration2014
Immigration Law for ParalegalsImmigration2014
Prisoners of ProfitImmigration2013
Immigration ConferenceImmigration Reform2013
Conference on RefugeesRefugees2013
World Affairs Council of Atlanta: Democracy, Democratization, Development, 4th Annual Conference.World Affairs Counsel of Atlanta2012
Learn about ImmigrationImmigration LaW2012
Interview with News AgencyImmigration and Asylum2012