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    Yasmin Vafa

    Yasmin Vafa
    Yasmin Vafa is Director of Law and Policy for Human Rights Project for Girls. From her earliest nonprofit experience as a refugee caseworker for Amnesty International in Sydney, Yasmin has been dedicated to working with and advocating on behalf of vulnerable populations. Prior to her work at Human Rights for Girls, Yasmin practiced law at a major law firm in Miami, Florida. Yasmin also served as Acting Refugee Coordinator for Amnesty International Australia, where her work focused on advocating on behalf of asylum seekers and working to shift national policy with respect to the mandatory and indefinite detention of asylum seekers. Ms. Vafa's work and advocacy has spanned the areas of international human rights, women's rights, child welfare, sex trafficking, immigration, asylum, detention, and conditions of confinement for young women and girls. Along with Ms. Swenson, Ms. Vafa directs the policy strategy and legislative agenda of Human Rights for Girls. Yasmin's work focuses on developing campaigns and advocacy initiatives, analyzing and drafting legislation, producing policy recommendations and briefs, advising policymakers on current and proposed legislation, grassroots coalition building, and engaging the public on issues affecting vulnerable young women and girls. Moreover, as legal director, Yasmin prepares all legal submissions, including all amicus curiae briefs on behalf of the organization. Ms. Vafa received her B.A. from Boston University and earned her J.D. from University of Florida, Levin College of Law. She is currently a member of the Florida and District of Columbia Bars. Yasmin can be reached at yasmin@rights4girls.org
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      Time is Running Out to Re-Authorize the Violence Against Women Act

      by | 1, Add your Comment | Aug 2, 2012
      Activists rally on Capitol Hill for the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (NCAI)

      Every nine seconds in the United States, a woman is assaulted or beaten. In fact, domestic violence is the number one cause of injury to women in this country—more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined. But despite these horrifying figures, Congress has failed to pass one of the single most important pieces of legislation aimed at protecting our nation’s women and girls. Time is running out for Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the cornerstone of our nation’s response to domestic violence, sexual violence, dating violence, and stalking.

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