Legal Aid Office & Legal Aid Society
Jawziya holds an M.A. in International and Comparative Legal Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, and a J.D. from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo Law School, New York. She works with both, the Legal Aid Society (LAS) and its sister organization, the Legal Aid Office (LAO). She leads LAS’ public interest litigation program and works on policy and research regarding criminal justice reform, gender-based violence, and identity-based exclusion. At LAO, she develops, implements and coordinates quality-based initiatives for the organization’s prison litigation portfolio. She also oversees implementation measures with program staff on LAO’s ongoing prison work, including the prison paralegal program, a range of rehabilitative projects, and evidence-based research projects with prison populations in Sindh. Prior to this, Jawziya worked as an immigration attorney in the U.S. where she represented clients in removal proceedings before Immigration Courts. She has also worked on issues of racial and religious profiling in the U.S. post-9/11, and was a volunteer attorney for Reprieve U.K., where she assisted the Abuses in Counter terrorism team.