Montclair State University's American Democracy Project will host Parastou Hassouri, who is ACLU-NJ's Immigrant Rights Project Specialist on Thursday, November 16, 4 p.m. in Student Center, Room411. She will explore this timely topic as part of the MSU ADP's 2006—2007 programming, which, through speaker series and other educational events, fosters information and insights about current public policy issues. The event is free and open to the public.
Parastou Hassouri has served as a Legal Advisor at Africa Middle East Refugee Assistance, a Non-Governmental Organization providing legal and psycho-social assistance to asylum seekers and refugees in Cairo, Egypt. She has also worked as an immigration attorney in private practice in New York City, handling a wide range of immigration cases for individual and corporate clients, including the representation of asylum seekers and individuals in deportation proceedings before the Immigration Courts of New York City and New Jersey. She also served as an Attorney Advisor with the Executive Office for Immigration Review at the Immigration Courts in New York City and Los Angeles.
Parastou is a native of Iran, and speaks Arabic, Farsi and French, as well as some Spanish and German. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh law school, holds a M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. in Government from the College of William & Mary.