“Think Global, Act Local – Supporting Immigrant & Refugee Communities in Seattle”

Please join us this coming Monday as we welcome our alumna Sahar Fathi with the City of Seattle Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs.

“Think Global, Act Local – Supporting Immigrant & Refugee Communities in Seattle”
Sahar Fathi, Policy Analyst, City of Seattle Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs

Monday, Oct. 20, 12:30-1:20; 117 William H. Gates Hall. Lunch served

The City of Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs promotes a citywide culture that understands and values the contributions of immigrant and refugee communities. It partners with the Seattle Immigrant and Refugee Commission, other City departments, community organizations and members of the private sector to improve services for the Immigrant and Refugee communities and to ensure a consistent implementation of principles of social justice issues. Under Sahar’s lead, OIRA just launched the Refugee Women’s Institute, an innovative program designed to build understanding and trust between refugee communities in Seattle and the Seattle Police Department (SPD). The institute, the first of its kind in the nation, aims to build a grassroots network of refugee women leaders while increasing the cultural competency of the female officers who participate.

Sahar Fathi (JD ’08) is a policy analyst for the Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs. She has served as a legislative aide to Councilmember Mike O’Brien on the Seattle City Council and as a legal clerk for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Sahar earned a JD and a Masters in International Studies from the University of Washington, and graduated cum laude from USC with a dual BA in French and International Relations. She attended the Sorbonne Université in Paris, France on exchange, and received a diploma in International and European Law from the Université Jean-Moulin in Lyon, France.

Sahar is a past president and co-founder of the Middle Eastern Legal Association of Washington, as well as the founder of its Legal Clinic – the first Middle Eastern Legal Clinic in the country. She is a past board member for the ACLU – Washington State Chapter, the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and the UNA – USA: Greater Seattle Chapter. She also served on the Race and Criminal Justice System Task Force from 2010-2011. Sahar is fluent in Farsi and French and has served as a mentor for UW Law students. She has been published in the Seattle Journal for Social Justice, the Seattle Journal of Environmental Law, and the Gonzaga Law Review.

Hosted by UW Law Global Affairs, Gates Public Service Law and the Immigrant Families Advocacy Project (IFAP)

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