Board Member – SEED For Change, USA
Sherizaan Minwalla is MSI’s Chief of Party for USAID’s Genocide Recovery & Persecution Response program in northern Iraq, responding to gender-based violence (GBV) in communities that were targeted by ISIS.
In the United States, Sherizaan was a Practitioner in Residence at the International Human Rights Law Clinic at the Washington College of Law. She also represented immigrant survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault to legalize their status with the National Immigrant Justice Center in Chicago and was the Legal Director at the Tahirih Justice Center in Washington, D.C. In Iraq she worked for nonprofit organizations, including Heartland Alliance International, Mercy Corps, and the International Rescue Committee. For more than a decade in Iraq, Sherizaan managed development and humanitarian programs addressing human rights, access to justice and rule of law, mental health and psychosocial support, and livelihoods. She has published academic articles on the need for ethical media reporting on conflict-related sexual violence, legal barriers for survivors of GBV in Iraq, and on asylum and immigration legal protections for survivors in the United States.
Sherizaan is a lawyer who earned her law degree in 2002 from the Chicago-Kent College of Law and her Masters in Applied Sociology from the Loyola University Chicago in 1999. She currently resides in Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq.