Sehla Ashai is an immigration attorney with a background in human rights advocacy. She was a Beneficial-Hodson Scholar at Johns Hopkins University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts with Honors in French, and wrote her honors thesis on historical fiction by Francophone Muslim women.
She pursued her passion for human rights at University of Michigan Law School, and received a Henry Bates and Clara Belfield Travel Fellowship after graduation to conduct research on gender discrimination and citizenship law in Indian Administered Kashmir. She published an article entitled “The Jammu and Kashmir State Subjects Controversy” in the Drexel Law Review Symposium on South Asia and the Law, Spring 2010.
Since then, she has worked as a federal judicial law clerk, a labor organizer for taxi drivers in Chicago, a legal aid attorney for victims of violence, a consultant for relief projects in post-earthquake Haiti, and a specialist in nonprofit program development.
She is proud to serve on the boards of CHINAR International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and families, and Funkar International, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting folk artists and musicians from Kashmir.