Zaid Hatoum

Zaid Hatoum obtained his LL.B. (Bachelor of Law) from Damascus University in Syria and temporarily worked as an attorney in Dubai. He returned to Damascus University and did advanced studies in International Law for two years as a postgraduate student. In 2009, he started working at International Organization for Migration (UN Migration Agency) in Damascus and was dispatched to Jordan, Cairo and the border between Egypt and Libya. While at IOM, Zaid worked in various capacities including working with refugees under the Refugee Admission Program and international workers with the Emergency Team and IDPs 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 LL.M. degree. While an international law student, he was honored by the Philadelphia Bar Association's International Law Committee to receive the International Law Award for outstanding achievement in international law/human rights.

Upon graduating from law school, Zaid completed a summer legal internship at HIAS PA. Zaid is currently the Lead Case Manager for the refugee resettlement program and he assists refugee individuals and families with resettlement by providing direct services and linking clients to community resources and supports. In addition, he supervises staff and interns and oversees the Reception and Placement Program. In July 2017, Zaid was sworn in as an attorney for the State of New York and since then he provides legal services to our refugee/immigrant clients.

Zaid is passionate about defending human rights for marginalized people and hopes to continue working with refugees and asylum seekers in his legal career.