Madina Qasimi is a human rights lawyer and career diplomat. Ms. Qasimi has held many leadership positions at the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, DC. She was the Minister Counselor/Deputy Chief of Mission and Consul. Prior to her appointment to this position, she was the Chief of Staff to the First lady of Afghanistan from July 2016 to October 2017. Previously, she served as First Secretary at the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, DC, from June 2013 to June 2016.
Ms. Qasimi is also a women’s rights and human rights activist for 29 years. Ms. Qasimi was recognized by the Women Foreign Policy group in 2019 (Guide to Women Leaders in International Affairs) and currently serves on Meridian International Center’s Rising Leaders Council in Washington, DC.
Ms. Qasimi has a bachelor’s degree in Law and Political Science from Kabul University and a master’s degree in Law and International Legal Studies with two specializations, International Human Rights Law as well as Gender and Law, from the American University Washington College of Law. In addition to her role at the Human Trafficking Legal Center, Ms. Qasimi is also currently a Visiting Scholar at the American University Washington College of Law.