Chaumtoli Huq received her B.A. in Political Science at Columbia University and J.D. at Northeastern University School of Law. She was most recently a Senior Research Fellow with the American Institute for Bangladesh Studies (AIBS) where she conducted research in Bangladesh on the garment industry and labor movement. Her expertise lies in labor and employment, migration and human rights. Chaumtoli has devoted her career to the public interest, focusing on immigrant workers, persons with criminal records, survivors of domestic violence, and low-income communities.
Along with holding leadership roles at Legal Services of NYC and MFY Legal Services, she also served as Director of the first South Asian Workers’ Rights Project at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, and as first staff attorney to the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, a multi-ethnic, immigrant- and worker-led labor organization. Huq has taught courses on legal practice, immigrant rights, employment law, and legal issues facing Asian-Americans at New York Law School, City College/CUNY, and Rutgers University. She is a contributor to the anthology Voices of Resistance: Muslim Women on War, Faith and Sexuality (Seal Press 2006) and co-author of “Laying the Groundwork for Post 9-11 Alliances: Reflections Ten Years Later on Desis and Organizing” (Asian American Literary Review, Fall 2011). She is founder of Law@theMargins: www.
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