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Azadeh Shahshahani, Legal & Advocacy Director for Project South, will be presenting on “Imprisoned Justice: Inside Two Immigrant Detention Centers in Georgia.”
In May 2017, Project South and the Penn State Law Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic published a report, "Imprisoned Justice: Inside Two Georgia Immigrant Detention Centers," in collaboration with a special student project of Mercer Law School and other organizations. The report is based on interviews with more than 70 detained immigrants, immigration attorneys, and tours of the Stewart Detention Center and the Irwin County Detention Centers. It shines light on conditions inside these two facilities and recommends that they be closed. Hear Azadeh Shahshahani, Legal & Advocacy Director with Project South, talk about immigration detention in the US and findings of the report. Read the full report here.
Azadeh Shahshahani is an internationally recognized human rights lawyer. She is a past president of the National Lawyers Guild and a director at the ACLU of Georgia. Azadeh has served on human rights tribunals and commissions around the world. She has actively supported liberation and human rights movements in Palestine, Tunisia, and the Philippines. Azadeh has worked on anti-racism and anti-Islamophobia campaigns for more than ten years, including defending Black, Brown, and Muslim community members targeted by the law enforcement; challenging human rights abuses in detention centers; defending Muslim women targeted for wearing hijab; and other cases of institutional oppression. She has been awarded the 2017 U.S. Human Rights Network Movement Builder Award, Georgia Women’s Action for New Directions 2016 Peace and Justice Award, the American Immigration Lawyers Association 2012 Advocacy Award, among several others.
Legal and Advocacy work at Project South
Video highlighting Legal and Advocacy work at Project South
In collaboration with Grassroots Alliance for Immigrant Rights (GAIR)/ Somos SC