Shahzeen Karim is the Immigrants Rights' Director for CAIR-Texas Central-North (CAIR-TX CN) representing the united offices of Austin and Dallas Fort-Worth.
Shahzeen, a proud Chicago native, has an extensive background in immigration law after working in both the public and private sector. In the area of employment immigration, she represented small businesses and national corporations in the tech industry seeking nonimmigrant classifications for H-1B specialty occupation workers. On the family-based immigration side, she successfully received approvals for immigrants applying for a variety of benefits, such as Naturalization and Citizenship, Waivers of Inadmissability, Violence Against Women Act and U-Visa cases for victims of crime, Special Immigrant Juvenile Visas, Deferred Action, Affirmative Asylum, and Fiance visas. Though she received an offer to work with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in San Francisco, she ended up litigating asylum removal defense cases for a private firm weekly in federal court there.
Shahzeen is particularly passionate about domestic violence related cases and has worked with numerous non-profit organizations advocating for victims since 2011.
Prior to her immigration law practice, Shahzeen litigated several criminal cases in Illinois state court, including charges of drug possession, assault, burglary, drivers license, intoxication, manslaughter and other offenses during her time working at the State Attorney's office in McHenry and Cook County, and also during her practice as a criminal defense attorney.
Shahzeen received her J.D. from DePaul University School of Law in 2011 and graduated cum laude with Bachelor Degrees in both Criminal Justice and Philosophy from the University of Illinois in Chicago. She was in the mock trial team during undergrad and law school and led
her team to the Nationals during her years as captain, winning numerous awards along the way.