Fiza Quraishi is a staff attorney at NCYL, specializing in the intersections between the child welfare, mental health and juvenile justice systems. Prior to becoming a staff attorney in 2010, Fiza was an Equal Justice Fellow at NCYL, and provided direct representation for foster youth with unmet mental health needs. She also trained youth advocates on mental health law, and worked with other child advocates in California to develop ways to increase clients’ access to mental health care.
Fiza graduated from University of Michigan Law School, and received her BA from Barnard College in New York. During law school, Fiza was involved in the Child Advocacy Law Clinic and helped create Legal Advocates for Children and Youth, a student organization that provides a community for law students interested in youth-related legal work.
Fiza has spent over a decade working on behalf of at-risk and foster children. Prior to law school, she worked at the Vera Institute of Justice in New York, where she focused on reducing the unnecessary detention of foster youth in the juvenile justice system and improving New York counties’ responses to status offenders. She later directed the Red Hook Youth Court, a delinquency prevention program in Brooklyn.