About Iyarusalem Biftu

Iyarusalem Biftu is an immigration lawyer who speaks fluent Amharic and enjoys working with a diverse client group.

 

She has an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto, Mississauga and her Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, Ontario.

 

She articled at a poverty law clinic (Calgary Legal Guidance in Calgary, AB) and was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 2021. 

Iyarusalem’s most memorable professional experience was working in India with an anti-slavery organization. There, she assisted local lawyers in defending and repatriating women and children who had been trafficked for labour.

 

While in law school, she worked at a legal clinic serving women from a wide variety of backgrounds who had experienced violence. While there, she assisted with immigration and refugee applications. She also provided summary advice on parenting issues and gave resource support for women in the criminal justice system.

 

In her second year, she summered with a regulatory body in Alberta, conducting legal research and assisting with hearings.
 

Iyarusalem has enjoyed many opportunities to give back to the community, including supporting migrant women in the caregiver industry, lobbying for access to services for marginalized communities, working with and mentoring youth, and advocating for older adults in long-term care.

As well as being a Director on the Board of Excel Family and Youth Society, an organization which empowers Black immigrants as they integrate into Canadian society, she is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers. 

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In her free time Iyarusalem loves to hike and when possible takes advantage of the stunning mountain ranges in Alberta. The photograph here is taken at the peak of the Buller Pass Loop, a 9.9 mile hiking trail near Kananaskis, AB.

Iyarusalem has a deep passion for helping newcomers gain a healthy quality of life. Like all the Fisher Law team, she has enjoyed every opportunity to work with people from diverse backgrounds and all over the world. As her client, you can feel confident that she will ensure your story is told.