Samira Afzali is an immigration attorney with a deep interest in civil rights law. Her areas of practice include family based immigration and employment based immigration. Her clients are families petitioning for their spouses and children to immigrate as well as corporate clients petitioning on behalf of skilled workers. She also assists companies with I-9 compliance and audits.
In addition to her immigration practice, Ms. Afzali is actively involved with issues surrounding the impact of the Iran sanctions on Iranian Americans and Iranian students in the US. She works with Iranian American clients on matters arising from the Iran sanctions administered by the US Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).
Ms. Afzali has been recognized for her pro bono work with immigrant rights clinics in New York City and is actively involved as a volunteer attorney with immigrant rights organizations in the Twin Cities. Ms. Afzali represents clients in the Twin Cities, the New York City metropolitan area, the Midwest region, and abroad.
From August 2010 until May 2011, Ms. Afzali interned for the Honorable Susan D. Wigenton, a United States District Judge in Newark, New Jersey. In that position, Ms. Afzali researched and drafted opinions on behalf of the judge in criminal and civil matters, including habeas petitions, and employment discrimination cases. Ms. Afzali has also worked as a human rights attorney, working for the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center in New Haven where she researched the use of secret prisons in the Islamic Republic of Iran, and for the Global Workers Justice Alliance in New York City, where she specialized in migrant rights and labor law in the United States. Ms. Afzali has also managed international affairs initiatives on behalf of the president of Teachers College, Columbia University.
Before law school, Ms. Afzali worked in international development as a program manager and researcher. She worked on a citizenship and bilingual education project for UNESCO in Paris, and served as an assistant liaison to the United Nations for the Global Youth Action Network in New York City, where she worked on youth participation programs with youth NGOs at the UN.
Ms. Afzali is fluent in English, Persian, French and conversant in Spanish.
Ms. Afzali is a UCLA graduate, where she majored in Political Science and completed a minor in French. Upon graduation, she earned her masters degree in International Affairs with a specialization in International Development from L'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) in 2005. She graduated from Rutgers School of Law-Newark in 2008.
Admitted to the bar in the state of New Jersey; U.S. District Court of New Jersey
In the News
PodcastsSamira Afzali and Doreen M. Edelman, The Iran Sanctions and Iranian Students in the United States, American Immigration Lawyers Association, January 2013.