Bio

Amber is the founder of International Justice Center, PLLC a boutique firm specializing in human rights cases and humanitarian based immigration. In addition to previously living in France, Italy, Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, and the West Bank- in 2015 and 2016 she traveled to Iraq, Ethiopia, and Jordan documenting human rights abuses. Additionally she has filed complaints on behalf of victims of human rights violations in front of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the United Nations Human Rights Council. Amber additionally serves on the Advisory Board of No One Left Behind, a non-profit dedicated to assisting combat translators resettle in the US, and The Centre for the Advancement of Human Rights and Democratization in Ethiopia, a London based charity established to raise awareness about the grave and serious abuses of human rights taking place in Ethiopia. Previously, Amber did legal advocacy for the Treatment and Rehabilitation Center for Victims of Torture in Ramallah, West Bank. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, BBC, the Guardian, CNN, Huffington Post, and she has appeared on the Erica Hill Show on HLN in addition to several radio appearances. 

Sub-specialties

Africa: 

  • Ethiopia
    • In additional to traveling to Ethiopia to advocate for 29 political prisoners and visiting them in prison, I serve on an advisory board of The Centre for the Advancement of Human Rights and Democratization in Ethiopia (CAHDE), which documents human rights abuses currently taking place in Ethiopia.
  • The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights
    • I am part of a legal team which has filed a complaint before this commission for grave human rights abuses in Ethiopia.

Humanitarian:

  • Refugees
    • assisted refugees apply to United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR);
    • appealed denied cases with UNHCR;
    • expedited cases in the United States Refugee Assistance Program (USRAP)
    • visited camps and interviewed refugees and IDPs in Iraq and Jordan
    • will be visiting Greece in May to assist refugees in camps
  • Human rights
    • I have filed complaints in three human rights courts, United Nations Human Rights Council, The Africa Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and the Inter-American Court in addition to having over 12 courses in law school in human rights law
  • Asylum seekers
    • I represent asylum seekers regular in the US and abroad who apply to the UNHCR and I have been trained to represent clients in Europe as well.
  • Humanitarian Parole (someone traveling to the US for urgent humanitarian reasons who would not otherwise qualify for a visa)
    • I have represented 16 individuals- with a 100% approval rate in obtaining humanitarian parole
  • Special Immigrant Visas- translators who faithfully served alongside with the US military in Iraq and Afghanistan
    • I have represented half a dozen translators who worked with US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan safely relocate to the US
  • Travel Ban
    • I obtained a waiver for an Iranian national while the travel ban instituted by the Trump Administration was in place.

International Issues:

  • I have resided overseas in France, Italy, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, and Tunisia in addition to having a thorough knowledge of international relations, foreign policy, and international law.
  • I have directly engaged with the governments of the US, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Finland, Palestine, Iraq, Ethiopia, in addition to liaising with representatives from European Union and the United Nations.
  • I have worked with members of civil society in Palestine, Iraq, Ethiopia, and the US in order to ensure protections are afforded to disenfranchised sections of society whose human rights have been violated. In Palestine, I helped design a program where police were sensitized to the effects of torture, in Ethiopia I advocated for the release of political prisoners, and in Iraq I negotiated stronger protections for religious minorities.

Legal:

  • I am a licensed attorney since 2011; specialized in immigration law and human rights/international public law.

Middle East & North Africa:

  • I resided in Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, Palestine, and Jordan and I have traveled extensively through the region including collecting evidence in Iraq of human rights violations. I also studied Arabic and culture in Egypt, Syria, and Jordan.

Politics:

  • I have a strong understanding of European, Mid-East, and US politics particularly with respect to international law and human rights/refugee/security issues. This expertise is derived from my advocacy experience in addition to direct experience from residing in the aforementioned regions.

Religion:

  • Religious minorities: I have worked extensively on behalf of religious minorities around the world including Christians, Yezidis, Baha’i, and atheists in the Middle East. Additionally I represented Christians in India and Muslims in Ethiopia (a minority with respect to political power).