Saira Hussain is a Staff Attorney with the Criminal Justice Reform program. Her work focuses on receiving, tracking, and addressing violations of the TRUST Act, a California law that prohibits local law enforcement from detaining non-citizens on immigration holds beyond the time the person is eligible for release from criminal custody.
Saira began working with Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus as a Berkeley Law Public Interest Fellow in the Immigrant Rights’ Program, where she focused on representation of immigrants in deportation proceedings.
Saira graduated from UC Berkeley School of Law, where she participated in the International Human Rights Law Clinic to represent civil parties in a case against leaders of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia and draft a preliminary report on conflict-focused sexual violence accountability in Uganda. She also served as an editor of the California Law Review and the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law, a member of the Board of Advocates (moot court), and co-chair of the Women of Color Collective. Saira received her B.A. in Public Health and minor in Spanish from UC Berkeley.