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IABA New York Launches Pro-Bono Program
This year, the IABA-NY Chapter launched a new Pro Bono Program to connect its member attorneys to volunteer opportunities through which they can provide free legal assistance to Iranians and Iranian-Americans in need.
In the Program’s first case, the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) referred an Iranian man who needed help with the asylum process and his interview with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service Asylum Office.
Volunteer attorneys from the IABA community provided guidance and assistance to the individual for his interview and application process. Parisa Karaahmet, a Partner at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, kindly stepped up and became our first volunteer attorney. IABA-NY Vice President Pejman Sharifi, a Partner at Winston & Strawn, LLP also provided assistance. Fortunately, the case was approved and Asylum status was granted a few weeks after the interview. The individual is now afforded all the rights granted to an asylee in the United States, namely that he can now live and work in the United States permanently in conjunction with his status.
If you would like further information about the Pro Bono Program, please send us an e-mail to email@example.com with “Pro Bono” in the subject line.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are an Iranian or Iranian-American in need of free legal assistance, we are not equipped to meet with you in the first instance, but must refer you to a non-profit legal services organization in the Tri State area for screening based on need. If your matter is referred to us, we will attempt to find a volunteer attorney among our membership. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee assistance.
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We are pleased to announce that IABA-NY has published its own chapter newsletter. Through the IABA-NY newsletter, you will learn about our upcoming events, programs, as well as announcements and news relating to you, our valued members. We believe that this newsletter will help bring the Iranian-American bar in New York even closer together. Our thanks to IABA-NY members Naseem Kourosh and Janet Eshaghoff for their work on this project.