Contact the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs
Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs
P.O. Box 94745
Seattle, WA 98124-4745
Email the Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs
Aaliyah Gupta, Acting Director, Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs
Sahar Fathi, Policy Analyst
Prior to joining the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, Sahar Fathi served as a legislative aide to Councilmember O'Brien on the Seattle City Council. She was lead policy staff on a variety of issues including immigrant and refugee issues, homelessness, budget, public safety and Seattle City Light. Sahar Fathi has served as a legal clerk for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, an extern for the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, and a legal intern at the Attorney General's Office of Washington. Sahar graduated from the University of Washington Law School and is a member of the New York bar. She also earned a Masters in International Studies from the University of Washington, and graduated cum laude from the University of Southern California with a dual Bachelor of Arts in French and International Relations. Additionally, Sahar attended the Sorbonne Université in Paris, France on exchange from 2003-2004 and received a diploma in International and European Law from the Université Jean-Moulin in Lyon, France in 2008. Sahar is a past president and co-founder of the Middle Eastern Legal Association of Washington, as well as the founder and current chair of its Legal Clinic. She is also a board member for the American Civil Liberties Union - Washington State Chapter, and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and travel.