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Deepa BijpuriaQ: Why did you join Tahirih?
A: Prior to coming to Tahirih, I represented domestic violence survivors in VAWA cases. I came to Tahirih so that I could expand my practice to new areas in immigration law and represent more women and girls who are demanding a life free from violence. They deserve the same freedom that I take for granted every day.

Q: Share a highlight from your service with us.
A: The successful outcome of three asylum cases, including the most recent case of a lesbian who had been subjected to repeated persecution in Cameroon. It’s been emotionally and professionally satisfying to play a role in securing protection for these women after they had been so severely persecuted. I know without our services, these women would have had to return home to face certain torture and death. Tahirih’s services in Baltimore are unique and lifesaving.

Q: How has your work at Tahirih impacted you?
A: In working at Tahirih, I was lucky to have joined a community of colleagues who have helped strengthen my dedication to a career of service. My colleagues have helped me expand my legal practice and have supported my spirit during difficult cases. It is this community that makes it possible to make this work a life-long endeavor.