Top Of Their Class.

Outstanding Public Service Award
Recognizes a faculty or staff member rendering exceptional public service

Anita Ramasastry. Photo by Kathy Sauber.


Department: Law; 6 years at the UW

Achievements: The Immigrant Families Advocacy Program, created and supervised by Ramasastry, is a volunteer organization that provides support and resources for abused immigrant women. Since its inception, the program has helped more than 100 battered women and children gain legal U.S. residence without having to stay in abusive relationships. Ramasastry has coordinated the efforts of UW law students and pro bono lawyers in assisting these survivors of domestic violence to get their green cards. She has also been instrumental in promoting outreach efforts to other communities and in securing private donations for program funding. Through her tireless efforts, the program has become a lifeline for many immigrant families with nowhere else to turn.

Quote: "Professor Ramasastry's sincere, personal commitment to social justice has resulted in the ability of many victims of domestic violence to create lives free of violence without risking deportation. Her demonstration of the importance of public service is an inspiration."—Signe Dortch, supervising attorney, Northwest Immigrants Rights Project

Degrees: B.A., Harvard, 1988; M.A., University of Sydney, 1990; J.D., Harvard, 1992

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