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Ali Rahnama was the legislative manager for FCNL’s immigration and refugee program. In this capacity he lead FCNL’s lobbying efforts to achieve a more equitable, compassionate, inclusive, and flexible immigration system.

Prior to joining FCNL, Ali worked as Legislative Counsel for the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA), serving as a key legal, policy, and strategic advisor to the organization. He previously served as an attorney advisor and legislative counsel for the DC government. Ali has also worked with a number of African governments and non-government actors in order to improve local legal processes and to assist them in prosecuting human and civil rights violations in regional courts. He worked for the UN special rapporteur for crimes against humanity, drafting several clauses of a proposed Convention on Crimes Against Humanity for submission to the UN International Law Commission.

a graduate of the George Washington University Law School, Ali focused his legal education on jurisprudence, comparative constitutional law, and human and civil rights advocacy. He enjoys playing soccer and reading literature on epistemology, ethics, governance, and history.

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