Human Rights Lawyer
Natasha Latiff, 28, Singaporean, is a human rights lawyer. She completed her Bachelor of Law (LL.B) from the University of Warwick and Master of Law (LL.M, Distinction) from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. She was a thrice-awarded Research Scholar at Warwick Law School.
Natasha is the founder of a non-profit human rights law firm, Strategic Advocacy for Human Rights (SAHR). She works with Afghan lawyers to defend women’s rights and bring justice in cases of physical and sexual violence against women. Together, they are bringing justice to women who would have otherwise be ignored by the justice system.
In 2010 and 2013 respectively, the Attorney General of the United Kingdom awarded Natasha for most outstanding individual contribution to pro bono amongst all U.K. law faculties and SAHR achieved the highest recognition for exemplary pro bono work amongst all pro bono projects at SOAS, University of London.
SAHR’s legal team has authored petitions and expert opinions to help those fleeing from war and persecution to seek safe refuge. In Afghanistan, the team has trained lawyers to use human rights arguments in civil and criminal law cases. SAHR’s defense statements have been successfully used by Afghan lawyers to defend victims of some of the most controversial crimes against women. Afghan lawyers and activists continue to use SAHR’s legal arguments in law reform and legal empowerment efforts.