AILA Public Statements, Press Releases

AILA Welcomes Sharvari (Shev) Dalal-Dheini as Government Relations Director

4/29/19 AILA Doc. No. 19042930.
George Tzamaras
Belle Woods

WASHINGTON, DC - The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) welcomes Sharvari (Shev) Dalal-Dheini as AILA's Director of Government Relations. In her role, Ms. Dalal-Dheini will focus on the employment-based and immigration benefits sphere, and will partner with current Government Relations Director Gregory Chen in leading the department. She will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to her work. Most recently, Ms. Dalal-Dheini served as Special Counsel in the Office of the Chief Counsel at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), where she coordinated legal review of various policy initiatives and provided expert advice on employment-based immigration matters. Prior to joining government service, Ms. Dalal-Dheini worked for several years at Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP, in Baltimore, MD.

AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson noted, "Ms. Dalal-Dheini has both private bar and government experience that will provide valuable insights into the development and implementation of immigration law and policy, as well as an understanding of what they mean on-the-ground to AILA members and their clients. We welcome the addition of her talents to our outstanding AILA staff as they work each day to serve our members and to advocate for fair and sensible immigration law and policies."

Ms. Dalal-Dheini holds a J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law, in Washington, DC, as well as a M.A. in International Relations from American University. Prior to law school, she served in the Peace Corps in Benin.