Alen Mirza
Year
2019
Chapter

Alen Mirza is a lawyer focusing on international human rights and refugee law. He's passionate about helping grassroots advocacy organizations use global institutions to address human rights abuses and strengthen human rights standards. His work has focused on issues impacting refugees, women and girls, indigenous peoples and ethnic, linguistic and religious minorities. A refugee himself, Alen has worked in Southeast Asia where he supported forcibly displaced communities campaign to improve labor rights and access to education. He's managed high impact human rights cases before the African Court on Human and Peoples Rights, the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women and has consulted Bay Area technology companies on developing online tools to support human rights defenders worldwide.

Most recently, Alen captured his experience as a human rights lawyer in the book, "A Practical Guide to Using International Human Rights and Criminal Law Procedures," which he co-authored with human rights experts throughout the U.S. Alen also serves on the Board of Directors for Human Rights Advocates, a Bay Area NGO dedicated to promoting and protecting international human rights in the United States and abroad through litigation, educational events, and mentorship.

Prior to working in the human rights field, Alen was involved in Bay Area politics where he organized for various issue advocacy organizations and local candidates for office. Alen received his J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law and dual B.S/B.A. from Santa Clara University. He speaks Assyrian, Armenian, and Persian and is an avid fan of brunch.