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Janay Farmer is an associate attorney practicing exclusively immigration law, focusing on complex removal defense, humanitarian processes, and family-based immigration matters. Janay is admitted to the New York State Bar and the Eastern District of New York, and is a member of the Washington State Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the AILA Asylum Committee. She is fluent in French and conversant in Spanish and American Sign Language.
A native of Seattle, Janay graduated cum laude in French and Comparative Literature with dual bachelor's degrees from The University of Washington. She then joined the University of Washington School of Law in 2008, where she was actively involved in the Public Interest Law community, serving as a board member of the Public Interest Law Association, the Center for Human Rights and Justice, the first UWLS Diversity Committee, the Street Youth Legal Advocacy Project, and the International Law Society. As a law student, Janay traveled to India to learn from women's rights activists, and to Israel to study law, politics, and history. She also spent much of her time interning at the Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons, where she represented clients in the felony division and sat second chair in several jury trials. Janay also represented indigent immigrant victims of domestic violence in U-Visa cases via the Immigrant Family Advocacy Project in conjunction with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.
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
- New York, 2011
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 2014
- University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, Washington
- Honors: Public Interest Law Distinction
- University of Washington
- Honors: cum laude