Zaid Hatoum obtained his LL.B. (Bachelor of Law) from Damascus University in Syria and then temporarily worked as an attorney in Dubai. He returned to Damascus University as a postgraduate student and did advanced studies for two years in International Law. In 2009, he started working at International Organization for Migration (U.N. Migration Agency) in Damascus and was dispatched to Jordan, Cairo and the border between Egypt and Libya. While at the U.N, Zaid worked in various capacities including working with refugees under the U.S. Refugee Admission Program, international workers with the Emergency Team and internally displaced individuals under the Humanitarian Relief Program.
Zaid left Syria in August 2013 and attended law school at Temple University Beasley School of Law where he earned his Master of Laws degree.
Upon graduating from law school, Zaid completed a summer legal internship at HIAS Pennsylvania and then joined the refugee resettlement team until 2018. He transitioned to the legal team where he represented survivors of torture for asylum, adjustment of status, citizenship and other immigration benefits. In June 2019, Zaid became the Removal Defense Staff Attorney and he currently represents clients in different types of relief from deportation before the Immigration Court.
Zaid is the 2013 recipient of Philadelphia Bar Association’s International Law Committee Award for Outstanding Achievement in International Law/Human Rights. He is passionate about defending human rights for marginalized people and hopes to continue working with vulnerable populations in his legal career.