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Zaid Hydari

United States  
Refugee Solidarity Network
Joined March 2018
I became a lawyer knowing fully well that the law has not served the interests of marginalized communities and has been used as a tool to exclude and further disenfranchise many. However, I recognized the strength and potential of the law and legal education, training, and understanding. This lead me to contribute to various public interest causes in the US, as well in Malawi, Cambodia, and elsewhere.

My career has focused primarily on refugee law. I have delivered direct services to hundreds of asylum-seekers and been active in building capacity of civil society in Turkey and more recently in Bulgaria and Greece. The organization I co-founded and now run, Refugee Solidarity Network, is equally focused on expanding refugee rights as it is building indigenous movements in refugee host countries and exploring empowerment models for refugees.

As the discourse towards and around forced displacement continues to evolve, I am interested in the challenges and successes that advocates are experiencing in different settings, in relation to refugee rights but also more broadly in the way of legal awareness and national capacities.

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