About Amna Bhatti
Amna Bhatti is a human rights and immigration lawyer, joining Fisher Law from Yukon territory. She is fluent in Urdu and Punjabi, and is passionate about human rights law, especially in relation to migrants and women.
Amna is licensed to practice law in both Yukon and Ontario, and is also currently working as Legal Counsel, and Human Rights Officer at the Yukon Human Rights Commission.
A first generation immigrant herself, Amna moved to Canada in 2016 after finishing her BA-LL.B. (with Honours) from Lahore University of Management Sciences in Pakistan. She completed her LL.M. at Osgoode Hall Law School while interning with the Family Responsibility Office of the Ontario Ministry of Attorney General. Amna then articled at Levine Associates, a boutique law firm in downtown Toronto, where she practiced family, refugee, and immigration laws.
Through this work, Amna has gained significant experience in the application of federal and provincial legislation, especially in relation to collecting and analyzing relevant evidence, statutory interpretation of legal issues, and drafting legal documents
Outside of her professional and volunteer commitments, Amna runs a photography blog where she shares landscape and wildlife photographs she has taken around the world, and discusses environmental, human, and animal rights issues.
Amna loves to go for hikes and swims in the Yukon wilderness, and enjoys reading, painting, crocheting, and spending time with her 15 year old husky.
After getting licensed as a lawyer in Ontario, Amna worked as a Legal Advisor with Lawyers for Human Rights in South Africa. In that position Amna undertook large-scale research projects for their Penal Reform as well as Gender Equality Programme, one of which examined the unique vulnerabilities of female migrants in South Africa, and was published in a peer-reviewed report in 2021.
She then moved to the Yukon to work at the Human Rights Commission, where she maintains substantial responsibility as Legal Counsel in leading reviews to policies, programs, and legislation in order to ensure compliance with the Yukon Human Rights Act.
She also investigates cases of discrimination and harassment under the Act, and supports public legal education work by giving presentations, and contributing to various projects.
Amna is the Chair for the Constitutional and Human Rights Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association Yukon branch, and volunteers with the Yukon Conservation Society.