Prior to joining Rutgers–Newark, Professor Shah practiced as an international human rights attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, where she represented foreign victims of human rights violations committed by U.S. actors in their pursuit of claims under the Alien Tort Statute and before international human rights bodies. She also worked in Haiti with a local civil and human rights law office, Bureau des Avocats Internationaux, following the January 2010 earthquake. There, she represented earthquake victims facing unlawful evictions and victims of the ex-dictator Duvalier’s crimes against humanity, and observed the country’s national elections.
Prior to Haiti, she worked in India with a Dalit rights organization, Navsarjan, where she supported local lawyers and organizers representing Dalit victims of hate crimes and other forms of caste-based discrimination. In addition, she practiced for a few years at a New York law firm, Shearman & Sterling LLP, where she worked on complex commercial and civil rights litigation and international human rights projects, and represented individuals in their immigration, asylum, and domestic violence cases. Professor Shah earned a J.D. from NYU School of Law and a B.A. summa cum laude from Drew University.