Legal Aid appoints human rights project director

Reena Shah,  a Maryland Legal Aid staff attorney with a long history of human rights advocacy, was appointed Legal Aid’s human rights project director.

The position was created with funds from The American University Washington College of Law as part of a new project by the law school’s Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. Legal Aid was recently chosen to be part of its Local Human Rights Lawyering Project, along with Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid.  The goal of  the project is to provide training, coaching and mentoring to help legal aid attorneys integrate a human rights framework into their daily work. Maryland Legal Aid recently adopted a human rights framework for its day-to-day advocacy in support of low-income Marylanders.

Shah has been a staff attorney in the Baltimore City Housing/Consumer Law Unit for the past four years. Her human rights work includes working with the Peace Corps in Nepal, where she raised funds for and managed the largest individual volunteer project in Peace Corp/Nepal’s 30-year history, and with the Southern Africa Human Rights Litigation Center, where she developed legal theories and arguments using international human rights law to expand women’s property rights.

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