Minal Kode Ghassemieh
I was born and raised in Washington State. My family immigrated to the U.S., like many others, to access opportunities and a better life. I received my Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Washington School of Business. While in college I interned at The Northwest Labor and Employment Law Office where I worked on public relations work for plaintiffs involved in Wards Cove Packing Co. v. Atonio, a case concerning employment discrimination in the Alaskan Canning Industry. I was also the youngest member of the Everywoman’s Delegation, where I studied human rights with a diverse group of women and attended an International Women’s Conference in Havana, Cuba. I interned with Congressman Jim McDermott during my senior year and spent two years as advisor to the Indian Association of Western Washington’s Youth Board.
I have spent the last 10 years practicing immigration law, and providing pro bono services to low-income clients through the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, OneAmerica, and the City of Seattle’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs. I served as Board Chair of API Chaya, a Seattle-based agency that provides services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. I am a childhood survivor of domestic violence and very vocal in sharing my experiences with the hope of helping others protect themselves from violence. I am a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Washington State Bar Association and South Asian Bar Association of Washington.
Practicing immigration law and providing pro bono services to those in need are high priorities in my life because we are at a critical moment in our nation’s history where the immigrant community faces discrimination, violence and are fearful to call authorities for help. I am proud to be apart of the immigration law and immigrant rights community that is committed to serving and supporting the immigrant and refugee community.
When my husband and I are not practicing law, we run around with our three children, ages 7, 5 and 20 months.
- MG Law, PLLC
- Preshaw & Zisman
- Gonzaga University (Juris Doctorate)
- University of Washington (BS – Business)