Sameera Hafiz is the ILRC’s Senior Policy Strategist based in Washington, DC. Sameera, who began working at the ILRC in 2017, leads ILRC’s advocacy and engagement on federal immigration policy. Sameera brings nearly two decades of experience supporting campaigns and coalitions focused on racial justice, fighting harsh immigration enforcement policies and ending violence against women. Prior to joining the ILRC, Sameera was the Advocacy Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance where she led the organization’s anti-trafficking and immigration policy work, as well as the legal team. Previously Sameera served as the Director of Policy and Campaigns at Rights Working Group, a national coalition addressing racial profiling and other human rights violations affecting communities of color in the US. Sameera was also a Senior Staff Attorney with the Legal Momentum Immigrant Women Program, where she advocated with legislators and executive agencies for policies supporting the needs of immigrant survivors of gender-based violence. Prior to that, Sameera represented individuals before Citizenship and Immigration Services, immigration judges and the Board of Immigration Appeals with the Legal Aid Society of New York and she began her legal career at Safe Horizon, representing survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence in family and immigration matters.
Sameera earned her law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center where she participated in the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania where she double-majored in English and sociology. Sameera is admitted to the bar in New York and Washington, DC and is fluent in Bengali.