Janay L. Farmer

Janay L. Farmer

Associate Attorney
Kent, Washington
877-520-5252 (Toll Free)

After graduating from law school, Janay took a position as an Assistant Professor in Ethiopia at Haramaya University School of Law, teaching Trial Advocacy, Evidence Law, and Negotiations to hundreds of Ethiopian second-year law students. While in Ethiopia, Janay also researched the land use conflicts of the indigenous tribes of eastern Ethiopia in conjunction with the Rural Development Institute Landesa. Upon returning to the United States, Janay worked as a pro bono attorney at MADRE, conducting research for publications on global gender dimensions of violence against women and global women's health issues and drafting memoranda of law to Special Rapporteurs. While at MADRE, Janay also participated in the Commission on the Status of Women meetings, and represented MADRE at the United Nations Human Rights Committee Meetings with the Centre for Civil and Political Rights. In addition, Janay acted as a Legal Consultant by drafting memoranda of understanding between NGO Partnerships and 10x10, a social action campaign and the feature film Girl Rising, which advocates for girls education in the developing world. As a pro bono attorney for Immigration Equality, Janay represented primarily LGBT French-speaking foreign nationals in asylum proceedings. She then founded her solo immigration practice in 2014. Later, as an Associate Attorney at the HIV Law Project at Housing works, Janay provided direct immigration and public benefits representation to low-income New Yorkers living with HIV and AIDS, including women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, immigrants, and the homeless and presenting LGBTQ Asylum issues at the United Nations.

Janay joined Hanis Irvine Prothero in June 2019 as an Associate Immigration attorney, and represents French-speaking asylees Pro Bono for the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.

Areas of Practice

  • Immigration and Citizenship Law

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 2011
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 2014


  • University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, Washington - 2011
    • Honors: Public Interest Law Distinction
  • University of Washington - 2003
    • Honors: cum laude