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
WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL OF ATLANTA YOUNG LEADERS, Atlanta, GA
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Urdu, Hindi
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|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||2001||07/15/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Distinguished Citizen of Georgia||Georgia Secretary of State||2014|
|Outstanding Asian Muslims||Islamic Speakers Bureau||2014|
|Rising Stars 40 under 40||Fulton County Daily Report||2014|
|40 under 40 Best and Brightest||Georgia Trend Magazine||2014|
|Founder & Principal Member||The Shirazi Law Group, Inc||2001 - Present|
|Adjunct Professor||Emory University||2013 - 2014|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Georgia Trial Lawyers Association||Member||2014 - Present|
|Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2014 - Present|
|Georgia Hispanic Bar Association||Member||2013 - Present|
|Gwinnett County Bar Association||Member||2013 - Present|
|Lawyers Club of Atlanta||Member||2012 - Present|
|State Bar of Georgia||Member||2001 - Present|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association||Member||2000 - Present|
|Emory University School of Law||Democratic Governance||LL.M - Master of Laws||2012|
|Georgia State University College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2000|
|Interview on Immigration and Refugees||Immigration||2014|
|Immigration Law for Paralegals||Immigration||2014|
|Prisoners of Profit||Immigration||2013|
|Immigration Conference||Immigration Reform||2013|
|Conference on Refugees||Refugees||2013|
|World Affairs Council of Atlanta: Democracy, Democratization, Development, 4th Annual Conference.||World Affairs Counsel of Atlanta||2012|
|Learn about Immigration||Immigration LaW||2012|
|Interview with News Agency||Immigration and Asylum||2012|