Zahra Afshar is the Police Action Centre’s lead volunteer for the clinic.
Zahra is a solicitor, working as an in-house lawyer for an international company. She has particular interest in juvenile justice and has been involved in the following:-
- successfully lobbied the issue of children imprisoned with their mothers in the Committee of the Rights of the Child;
- works with children released from prison who do not have parental care;
- set up rehabilitation programs for institutionalised children who struggle to adjust to independent living;
- worked with charities providing educational support for children who suffer from learning disabilities and have been subject to institutionalisation.
Zahra is also is a specialist on orphanage care.
Zahra has worked for the International Bar Association as a researcher on the topic of Islamic Law and Human Rights.
She has vast experience in assisting protestors and was part of the legal team instructed by the Gaza protestors in the leading Court of Appeal case which led to the reduction of the Gaza protestors’ sentences http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jul/13/gaza-protesters-given-reduced-sentences .