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Enoka Herat is a public interest attorney at the Washington Defender Association’s Immigration Project where she advises defense attorneys representing noncitizens in order to avoid deportation. She trains criminal defense attorneys across the state about the immigration consequences of convictions so they can provide their clients with holistic representation. She graduated from the UW Law School in 2010, where she was co-president of the Immigrant Family Advocacy Project, a member of the Innocence Project clinic, and an editor on the Washington Law Review. After law school, Enoka served as a judicial law clerk at the Seattle Immigration Court for two years through the DOJ’s Honors Program.

Enoka is a past president of the South Asian Bar Association of Washington and has served on the board of API-Chaya. She is the child of Sri Lankan immigrants and growing up in northern Virginia always felt torn between the pressures to assimilate and the desire to value her own culture. OneAmerica’s work to support integration over assimilation is an inspiration to her. Enoka lives in Beacon Hill with her husband and daughter.

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