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Mariam Azhar

Special Assistant/Paralegal

ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project


Mariam Azhar is a paralegal at the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project and a special assistant to Matt Coles, head of the Center for Equality at the ACLU Foundation. She graduated Pi Sigma Alpha from University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Political Science. While at UC Berkeley, she was a contributing writer for Affirm, a journal for Middle Eastern, South Asian and Muslim Students. She has published research papers in Cornell’s International Affairs Review and USC’s Journal of Law & Society. Prior to joining the ACLU, Mariam worked at the U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of California as a Pretrial Technician where she wrote criminal history reports and assisted Pretrial Officers with supervising defendants pending trial. In addition to her interest in civil liberties and criminal justice work, she enjoys traveling, video editing, and playing ukulele.


Social Mobilization Against Hate Crimes, University of Southern California Journal of Law & Society (2013)
Political Power, Religion & Capital Punishment, Cornell International Affairs Review (2013)