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Irfana Anwer is Ayuda’s Managing Pro Bono Attorney where she ensures that low-income and vulnerable immigrant communities have access to excellent legal services. Irfana previously served as the Director of the Language Access program at Ayuda where she advocated for equal access to justice for low-income residents of Washington DC.

Before joining Ayuda, Irfana practiced immigration law at Chaudry and Anwer immigration law. She has also served as the Executive Director of Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights. She founded Karamah’s family law division where she provided legal referrals for Muslim communities around the country in matters of family and immigration law. She also trained main stream services providers on how to best serve immigrant and Muslim victims of domestic violence.

Irfana also has extensive experience working on policymaking related to peace and security. She worked at Inclusive Security to strengthen the capacity of women policymakers.

Irfana is a advisory board member of the Peaceful Families Project, an organization with international reach devoted to ending domestic violence in Muslim families by educating religious leaders and communities, training service providers and developing resources. Irfana obtained her law degree from University of Essex and a Masters in Law from Boston University. She is barred in NY.

Ayuda's Response to Busing of Migrants

Since April 2022, Ayuda has been working to help coordinate the humanitarian response as the governors of Texas and Arizona continue to send thousands of migrants on buses to Washington, D.C.

We are providing culturally and linguistically specific legal, social and language access services to newly arriving migrants. These services include case management and intake support, interpretation, as well as the provision of food, clothing, hygiene kits, prepaid cell phones, medical supplies, and paid shelter.

Our legal team is providing individualized legal orientations for migrants explaining the immigration system and helping them be aware of their rights and responsibilities.  

“Immigrants are first and foremost, human beings. They deserve respect and compassion, and Ayuda will continue to do what we do best – provide holistic support to those in need in our communities.” - Paula Fitzgerald, Executive Director

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