Staff Attorney, Immigration Equality
As a Staff Attorney at Immigration Equality, Nishan works to expand and enhance our asylum work for LGBTQ and HIV-positive immigrants. He mentors pro bono attorneys, directly represents or assists clients in all levels of immigration proceedings from immigrant detention centers to the U.S. Court of Appeals, challenges immigration policy at the U.S. Supreme Court, and also supports Immigration Equality’s national policy advocacy in Washington DC. Prior to joining Immigration Equality, Nishan was an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project (AVP), where he provided legal support to immigrant LGBTQ survivors of violence. At AVP, he worked with coalition partners and community leaders to coordinate legal and social assistance for LGBTQ immigrants in NYC. He also represented LGBTQ survivors of violence on their immigration relief and family law matters. Before working at AVP, he was a Holley Law Fellow at the National LGBTQ Task Force where he coordinated responses to religious exemption laws cynically used to discriminate against LGBT individuals. He was also a law clerk at Lambda Legal where he worked on marriage equality litigation and also on policy regarding NYPD's discriminatory policing of the LGBTQ community. He is a graduate of CUNY School of Law and a graduate of UC Davis in International Relations and Mandarin Chinese.