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Hamra Ahmad

Hudson Valley Justice Center
Executive Director
Yonkers, NY, USA

Hamra Ahmad is Executive Director of the Hudson Valley Justice Center (HVJC), a nonprofit organization providing civil legal services to immigrants so that they may achieve economic and social justice.  HVJC was established as an affiliate organization of Legal Services of the Hudson Valley (LSHV) to address the significant unmet need for civil legal services for low-income, undocumented immigrants LSHV is unable to serve due to federal funding restrictions.

Prior to joining HVJC, Ms. Ahmad was 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 for a wide range of relief under the Violence Against Women Act.  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 throughout the county.  She co-authored a chapter, “Services for Trafficking Victims: A Brief Guide for Lawyers,” in Lawyer’s Manual on Human Trafficking: Pursuing Justice for Victims[1]

Ms. Ahmad also implemented the Immigration Project of the Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, providing a variety of immigration services to the large East African refugee resettlement population.  Ms. Ahmad received her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School and her B.S. from the University of Wisconsin Madison.  She is licensed to practice law in New York and Minnesota.

[1] http://www.nycourts.gov/ip/womeninthecourts/publications.shtml


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