Name: Shabhia Akter
Recipient Year: 2018
Bio: Shabhia is a third-year student at Fordham University School of Law. She was born in Bangladesh and raised in Queens, NY. Shabhia was the first in her family to graduate from college and pursue a law degree. In 2015 Shabhia was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach English in Sri Lanka. As a Fulbright Scholar, Shabhia spent a significant amount of time working at Chundikuli Girls’ College in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. In 2016, Congressman Crowley from the 14th Congressional District of New York, recognized Shabhia for her work as a Fulbright Scholar. At Fordham Law, Shabhia is an Associate Editor of Fordham’s International Law Journal. Shabhia is also a recipient of the New York City Bar Diversity Fellowship.Shabhia has worked at the New York Immigration Court and is currently working for the City Bar Justice Center’s Immigrant Justice Project (IJP) assisting asylum seekers fleeing persecution in their home countries.
School Name: Fordham University School of Law
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