Chaumtoli Huq joined NYLS in fall 2011 to teach Legal Practice. Her expertise lies in labor and employment, immigrant workers, and human rights. Previously, she was director of litigation at Manhattan Legal Services, which provides free legal services to low-income New Yorkers and deals with a wide range of legal issues, including housing, consumer rights, and employment. Professor Huq was an adjunct professor at City College of New York and Rutgers University, where she taught Immigrant Workers Rights, Employment Law, and Asian Americans and the Law. She was also a summer research fellow at Fordham University School of Law. For more than 10 years, Professor Huq devoted her career to the public interest, serving as Director of the first South Asian Workers’ Rights Project in the country at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund and as the first staff attorney to the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, a multi-ethnic, immigrant, worker-led labor organization of taxi-drivers. She also serves on the Council of Advisors for South Asian Americans Leading Together, a national nonprofit organization that elevates the perspectives on South Asian individuals and community-based organizations through public policy analysis and advocacy.
Professor Huq is also the editor and author of Law@theMargins, a blog launched in May 2013 that uses social media as a dynamic platform from which to make strategic legal and theoretical interventions on issues of concern to marginalized communities, with a particular focus on the following topics: Labor and Employment, Law and Social Movements, Human Rights, and Access to Courts.
Follow Professor Huq and Law@theMargins on Twitter @lawatmargins.
Co-Author, Laying the Groundwork for Post 9-11 Alliances – Reflections Ten Years Later from Desis Organizing, Asian American Literary Review (Fall 2011, Special 9-11 Issue)
Author, Diplomatic Immunity: International Law Hurts Women’s Rights, Law & Rights section of Daily Star News, March 2, 2007
Contributor, Voices of Resistance: Muslim Women on War, Faith and Sexuality (Sarah Husain ed. Seal Press 2006)
Lead Researcher and Author, Making the Small Claims Court Work for New York City Workers (2006)
Author, Rights Begin at Home: Protecting Yourself as a Domestic Worker (2001), is the first legal handbook for domestic workers of its kind in the nation. The handbook has since been revised in 2006 and by various domestic workers organizations across the country.