Partner Profile: Hiwot Berihun

Each month we highlight an individual working to make the justice system more accessible to DC residents. This month features Hiwot Berihun, Legal Director at African Communities Together (ACT).

Where did you grow up?

I was born in Ethiopia and raised in Northern Virginia.

What was your first job in DC and what did you learn?

I was a consultant for the IT consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton.

Daily Habit

Walking, meditation

Favorite Movie

“As Good As it Gets”

Favorite Vacation Spot

Mexico

One item from your Bucket List

Write a book

Hobbies

Yoga, hiking, reading, and exercising

Hero(es)

My parents

One thing (other than your phone) you never leave your house without is…

A sweater or scarf

Most rewarding element of your work

When immigrant families reunite or gain status

If I hadn’t become a lawyer, I would be an…

Anthropologist

Legal aid is important to me because…

It affords access to legal representation.

Your dream for our legal system is…

Equal, quality representation for all.

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