Staff Attorney, Immigration- NYFIUP
Nabila Taj is a staff attorney with the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP), through which she represents detained noncitizens in removal proceedings. She joined BDS after serving as the Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow at the Empire Justice Center. In that role, Nabila provided direct legal representation to noncitizens in the lower Hudson Valley and facilitated Know-Your-Rights trainings at workers centers in Westchester County.
Nabila received her J.D. from the CUNY School of Law and her B.A. in International Studies: Middle East from Trinity College. Prior to law school, she worked with the Bosnian and Somali communities in Connecticut to advocate for refugee rights. She has also worked with the High Atlas Foundation, a non-profit organization in Morocco that advances sustainable development and nature conservation projects identified and managed by local Berber communities.
At CUNY, Nabila was the Managing Editor of the CUNY Law Review and a student advocate in the Immigrant & Noncitizens Rights Clinic and the CLEAR (Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility) project. Through CLEAR, which serves Muslim, Arab, South Asian, and other communities targeted by so-called national security and counterterrorism policies and practices, Nabila represented a Yemeni-American client in a passport revocation hearing before the Department of State, advocated for clients placed on federal watch-lists, and facilitated Know-Your-Rights workshops in mosques and community centers.
Nabila is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey. She speaks Urdu, Hindi, and Spanish.