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Empire Justice Center Testimony on Barriers to Accessing Quality Child Care

Child care is in crisis. Senior Attorney Susan Antos testifies before joint committe...

Saima Akhtar

Senior Staff Attorney

Empire Justice Center
119 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY  12210 

p: (518) 462-6831 f: (518) 935-2852

Saima Akhtar is a Senior Staff Attorney with the Public Benefits Unit in the Albany office of Empire Justice Center.  She works on issues that include cash public assistance, emergency assistance, subsidized child care and supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits (food stamps).

Saima represents low income clients both in court and in administrative proceedings.  She provides leagl representation to her clients by handling their individual cases and through class action litigation, challenging laws or administrative policies and practices that harm low income people.  Saima has served as counsel to the class in a number of cases in New York's State and Federal Courts including Richard C. v. Proud and Williams v. Carrion.  She has also provided continuing legal education trainings on emergency assistance, cash public assisstance and basic lawyering skills for new attorneys.

Saima is currently the second Vice President of the Board of Directors for New York's Early Care and Learning Council.  She is a graduate of Albany Law School of Union University and holds a masters degree in Public Policy from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy from the University at Albany.

Practice Area(s):
Public Benefits