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Parisa Dehghani-Tafti


Parisa Dehghani-Tafti joined the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project in 2012, where she has litigated successfully both DNA and non-DNA cases. Prior to joining MAIP, she was a Chesterfield Smith Fellow at the firm of Holland & Knight, a staff attorney in the Special Litigation and Parole Divisions of the Public Defender Service of DC, an Adjunct Professor of Law at George Washington University School of Law, and an Assistant Professor of Law at New York Law School. She represented Wilbert Rideau, the most rehabilitated prisoner in America, in his fourth and successful trial, and Donald Gates, the first post-conviction DNA exoneration in the District of Columbia. While at MAIP, Parisa has helped secure four exonerations.