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Legal Aid Group Formed for Middle Easterners

IN BRIEF / SAN FRANCISCO

July 14, 2004|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A local attorney has created a legal aid group to represent Middle Easterners and Muslims who have been targeted by law enforcement and immigration officials because of their backgrounds.

Representatives of the National Legal Sanctuary for Community Advancement plan to lobby lawmakers, defend individual clients, argue legal cases that could set broad public policy and educate the public.

"It's time to turn up the volume on the voices of our clients and I believe America's ready to hear it," said Banafsheh Akhlaghi, an Iranian-born attorney.

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