Two Daily Report “Rising Star” Attorneys: Amna Shirazi
Amna Shirazi’s interest in international affairs led her to become an immigration lawyer, with her own firm. She immigrated to Atlanta at age 2 when her father, an engineer, opened an office for Siemens. Now she works on asylum applications. Georgia’s 2011 immigration law allows police to ask for residency papers during traffic stops and turn undocumented people over to ICE. Georgia has the highest percentage of people ordered deported of any state (79%). Atlanta’s immigration court has the lowest grant rate in the country (11% compared with 53% nationally). Shirazi also earned a master’s degree in democratic governance to help NGOs assist emerging democracies. She was one of the Carter Center’s election monitors in Sudan and is on the World Affairs Council’s executive committee, and the International Rescue Committee’s board. With broad interests and high energy, she is “an effective bridge between cultures” as an American who speaks several languages.
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