Criminal Justice Policy Director
Shujat joined Unite in December of 2017, after moving to Portland from St. Louis. In St. Louis, Shujat worked as a criminal prosecutor and municipal judge. After seven years of working as for law enforcement and the local governments, he decided that he wanted to work towards helping the under-served populations in a more meaningful way.
Beginning with his involvement in the Midwest Innocence Project, Shujat's legal career has fueled his passion for public service. In law school he was taught that the first line of defense for anyone charged with a crime is the prosecutor. From that lesson, he originally chose the path of prosecutor, as it allowed him to have an impact on a greater number of defendants. Unfortunately, there were limits as to how impactful he could be, especially as the political atmosphere tightened. He felt that many people were still slipping through the cracks. Moving forward, Shujat wants to use his experience as a prosecutor to help those neglected members of society. His interest in working for Unite Oregon stems from his shared values with its commitment to helping underrepresented communities, immigrants and refugees.
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English, Sindhi, Urdu, and Hindi.