Taqwa Elhindi is a Staff Attorney with the U.S. Legal Services Department at IRAP. In this role, Taqwa provides direct representation to refugees seeking protection and various forms of relief.
Prior to joining IRAP, Taqwa served as an Immigrant Justice Corp Fellow at Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition in D.C., where she represented detained immigrants in removal proceedings before Immigration Judges. She also served as the Asylum Project Attorney for Justice for Our Neighbors in Houston. During law school, Taqwa interned at the Center for Constitutional Rights, East Bay Community Law Center, and Center for Justice and Accountability, while simultaneously volunteering for IRAP. Taqwa’s passion for refugee rights stems from her time as an undergrad, where she facilitated summer programs for children in refugee camps and conducted field research pertaining to the educational and social ramifications of incarceration on refugee youth.
Taqwa holds a J.D. and B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. As an undergrad, she majored in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies. She is a native English and Arabic speaker.
Taqwa is a member of the D.C. bar.