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- J.D., City University of New York Law School 2005
- B.A. Peace and Conflict Studies, UC Berkeley 2000
Raha Jorjani is a Supervising Attorney and Lecturer in the UC Davis School of Law Immigration Law Clinic. Since beginning her legal practice, she has defended immigrants from detention and deportation before the Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and Federal Courts including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Jorjani’s practice and scholarship focus on the intersection between Immigration and Criminal Law. In addition to representing immigrants detained primarily on the basis of criminal convictions, she regularly advises and trains public defenders and members of the immigration bar on the immigration consequences of criminal convictions. Jorjani also provides technical assistance and training to state court judges and prosecutors on the intersection of criminal and immigration law. Prior to joining the UC Davis Immigration Law Clinic in Fall 2007, she was a Staff Attorney with the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project in Arizona where she directly represented immigrants detained by the Department of Homeland Security in addition to providing pro-se legal assistance to hundreds of detainees who could not afford legal representation.
Before joining the Florence Project, Jorjani worked with the Immigrant Defense Project and Families For Freedom, investigating the operations of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in New York's Rikers Island Correctional Facility and spearheaded an effort to introduce materials there regarding immigration consequences of criminal convictions.
Since October 2009, Jorjani has also served as In-House Immigration Counsel to the Alameda County Public Defender Office, creating a cutting-edge in-house immigration expert model that is one of the few of its kind being implemented in California. She continues to advocate for the rights of detained individuals in legal, academic, and community forums across the country, as well as internationally.... Close
Special InterestsClinical Legal Education, Ethnic Studies, Immigration Law And Policy, International Human Rights, International Law, Police And Policing, Prisoners Rights (See Also Civil Rights)
- "Ignoring the Court's Order: The Automatic Stay in Immigration Detention Cases", Intercultural Human Rights Law Review, St. Thomas University School of Law, Vol. 5 (2010). 5 Intercultural Hum. Rts. L. Rev. 89.
- “Locked Up: Criminal and Immigration Incarceration in America”, DePaul Journal For Social Justice, Vol. 4, Number 1 (Fall 2010).
- Brief Overview of DHS’s Automatic Stay Power in Detention Cases, AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association), 2010.
- Deportation and Detention, Working Paper for the Iranian American Bar Association, 2008
- Briefing Paper on Mandatory, Prolonged, and Indefinite Detention, Submitted to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Migrants (May 2007)