Azadeh Shahshahani


Azadeh directs the National Security/Immigrants’ Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia. In that capacity she has been involved with impact litigation such as challenging Georgia's anti-immigrant law, the deportation of a U.S. citizen, and religious discrimination against a Muslim-American woman. She has edited several human rights reports and is the author of numerous book chapters and legal articles on immigration and racial profiling, including a selection in the Third Edition of the anthology Cultural Issues in Criminal Defense.

Her opinion pieces have appeared in publications such as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Al Jazeera, and the Huffington Post. Azadeh is a 2004 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, where she served as article editor for the Michigan Journal of International Law. Also while in law school, Azadeh completed a fellowship with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Washington, DC.

Azadeh was born in Iran and moved to the United States at age 16. She is the recipient of the of the American Immigration Lawyers Association 2012 Advocacy Award and the 2009 Equal Justice Foundation Public Interest Practitioner Award from the University of Georgia Law School.

She is also past co-chair of the NLG International Committee and past Southern regional vice president.