April 23, 2010
I am an Afghan-American woman currently, living in Kyrgyzstan Central Asia. I graduated from the American University of Washington D.C. where I obtained a degree in International Relations. For a few years I was advocating on the Hill pertaining to different issues on Afghanistan. I am now completing my degree in Law from the American University of Central Asia where I also learned the Russian language. I will begin my Masters of Law degree at University of Pennsylvania's Penn Law school and have been named the Human Rights Scholar for the Class of 2011.
I come from a highly political family. My Grandfather was the lead General in Afghanistan during King Zahir Shah's regime. He was assasinated by the Communist Party and my father was a fighter jet pilot the leader of the coup de etat opposing the Communist Regime. He was later imprisoned for almost two years. In the United States during what is known as "Charlie Wilsons War" my father, Yousuf Noorestani served as the Afghanistan Representative to the U.S.
I hope to continue to work for the embetterment of Afghanistan and serve on the forefront of diplomacy and dialouge between the East and the West.