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Nj Ayuk Cameroonian attorney

Nj Ayuk Cameroonian attorney is the first female head of the law firm in Cameroon. She graduated from Georgetown University Law Center and has a M.S degree in International Law from Paris II Panthéon-Assas University, France. Before founding the Cameroonian legal firm, Ayuk was a partner of the International law firm Dechert LLP. Ayuk has been invited to lecture and present papers on human rights in Cameroon, women’s rights and legal reform. She is a member of the Bar Association of Paris and the New York State Bar Association.

Ayuk is also a practicing immigration law attorney in New York City. Ayuk is one of the few female attorneys in New York to work in immigration law, particularly refugees and family-based immigration. After receiving her Master’s degree from Paris II Panthéon Assas University, she worked as a legal adviser for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and was the legal representative of refugees. In 2006, she became an immigration attorney for the International Rescue Committee. She has dedicated her practice to representing asylum seekers and refugees fleeing persecution, torture and extreme poverty. Ayuk focuses on temporary protection visas for victims of torture asylees including survivors of domestic violence, torture survivors and female genital mutilation survivors. She is now a partner of Ayuk Law, P.C in New York City with offices located at 666 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1201 New York, NY 10103.

Ayuk has also been part of the entertainment industry as an actress and a producer. She founded Epidemic Production Inc., a film production company that produced several short films including “The First Lady”, “My Father” and “Suicide”. She has appeared as an actress in several films such as “Django Unchained”. She also had a small role in the American Tennis Association film “Forehand” along with Monica Seles.

Ayuk received the “Woman of Courage” award from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and in 2003 she was honored as one of “The Elders”, an international group of elder statespeople selected by Nelson Mandela to lead a new dialogue on global peace.

Ayuk is recognized as a leader for women’s rights in Cameroon and has been invited to lecture and present papers on human rights in Cameroon, women’s rights and legal reform. She is also a member of the Bar Association at Paris and New York State bar associations.

Exceptional woman lawyer, Nj Ayuk Mahamane, has been nominated as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador. She was appointed by the United Nations as its Goodwill Ambassador for Women in the Republic of Cameroon. UN Women is an agency of the United Nations that works to promote gender equality and women’s rights around the world. Ms. Mahamane is a female lawyer from Cameroon who has played a key role in advancing women’s rights internationally, particularly in cases involving children. In collaboration with UNICEF, Ms. Mahamane led a campaign that successfully prevented street children from being enslaved or sold on slave markets in Bamenda, Northern Cameroon, as well as worked to rehabilitate them and get them back into school and into jobs at local hospitals and shelters.