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Selam Tesfai

Senior Legal Services Coordinator, Refugee Representation

Selam Tesfai is the senior legal assistant Legal for Refugee Representation in the Washington, D.C. office.  As the senior legal assistant, Selam works closely with pro bono attorneys who represent indigent asylum seekers in their claims for protection.  She also oversees the screening, intake, and case placement for our asylum seeking clients.

Prior to joining Human Rights First, Selam worked as a Faculty Advisor at Envision EMI, where she facilitated leadership skills training for middle school and high school students from across the United States.  Selam also worked as a legal assistant at Alan Dobson & Associates, PLLC, and served as a court interpreter and documents translator at the Arlington Asylum Office, as well as various other immigration agencies. 

Selam received her Bachelor’s degree in Archaeology from the University of Asmara and her Master’s in African Studies degree from Ohio University.  She also has an Associate’s degree in Paralegal Studies.  Selam speaks Tigrinya and Amharic fluently.