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OLA MOHAMED

Counsel

Ola Mohamed, Counsel | Aljijaki, Kosseff & Prendergast, LLC

EDUCATION

• Emory University School of Law with Honors, Atlanta, GA (J.D. 2014)

• University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill with Honors, Chapel Hill, NC (B.A. 2009)

ADMISSIONS

• New York

 

Ola Mohamed practices exclusively in the area of immigration law with a focus on family-based immigration and asylum. She represents clients in matters involving asylum and refugee status, adjustment of status and citizenship, J-1 hardship waivers, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and removal cases. As an Egyptian-American, Ola is a native Arabic speaker.

Practice Areas

• Family-based Immigration

• Asylum and Refugee status

• Humanitarian-based Immigration (including Temporary Protected Status and Direct Access Program for Syrian and Iraqi refugees)

• Waivers (including waivers and exemptions for “Travel Ban” (Proclamation 9645))

• Deportation and Removal Defense

• U.S. Naturalization and Citizenship

Experience

Prior to joining Aljijakli, Kosseff & Prendergast, LLC, Ola interned with the International Rescue Committee, a leading humanitarian organization serving refugees. In 2015, Ola spent three months with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Cairo, Egypt where she assisted in various aspects of Refugee Status Determination (RSD), including assessments and appeals decisions. She also focused her work on unaccompanied minor cases and child asylum claims. As a law student, Ola interned for the North Carolina Justice Center’s Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project where she worked on a defensive asylum case and a number of successful U-visa petitions and requests for prosecutorial discretion to the U.S. government.

Honors

In 2014, Ola received the Pro Bono Award for her volunteer efforts in immigrant and underserved communities from Emory University School of Law.

Community Involvement

Ola is passionate about issues of human rights, especially as they relate to immigration law.

In September 2015, she volunteered with the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project in a week-long trip to counsel vulnerable immigrant mothers and their children held in immigration detention in Dilley, Texas.

During law school, she conducted research on human rights practices in Qatar for the U.N. Committee against Torture’s periodic review. She also contributed to an important report on meaningful access to legal representation. As a part of this project, she presented on immigrant detention conditions and right to counsel before Commissioner Felipe González of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights as well as representatives from the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and other federal agencies.

During her undergraduate studies, she also interned with the Arab Organization of Human Rights (AOHR) in Cairo, Egypt. Since October 2018, Ola has also been assisting Syrian refugees with regards to their immigration needs through the Karam Foundation.

Publications

• “When Will the U.S. Government Stop Detaining and Abusing Migrant Children?,” AILA Think Immigration Blog, July 18, 2019.

• “Top Five Pointers for Working with Syrian Applicants in Our Current Climate,” AILA, May 24, 2019.