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MESELSON, Amy Valor Noted Immigration Attorney Amy Valor Meselson, of New York, NY, passed away on Sunday, July 22, 2018. Beloved daughter of Matthew Meselson and Sarah Page Meselson. Dear step-daughter of Jeanne Guillemin Meselson, William Emerson III and Arthur Podaras. Loving sister of Zoë Forbes and her husband Brian Forbes, Rob, Jen (Lundgren) and John Guillemin, Paola, Isabel, and William Emerson IV. Proud aunt of Jacob, Samuel and Jesse Forbes, and Claire and Julia Guillemin. Amy leaves many more relatives, close friends and colleagues who loved and admired her including Nina, James, Mikaela, Joe, Dara, Howie and too many more to name here. Amy grew up in Cambridge, MA and attended Buckingham, Brown & Nichols and the Putney School. She held an undergraduate degree from Brown University, a Masters in Philosophy from Harvard University, and a Juris Doctor from Yale University. Most of Amy's legal career was spent at the Legal Aid Society of New York defending immigrants' rights. She devoted her life to fighting injustice and providing support to society's most vulnerable. The Liman Foundation paid the following tribute to Amy in a message to her family: Amy was a pioneer in representing immigrant youth. Her success was remarkable…Amy's profound and thoughtful engagement in these issues…makes her loss all the more sad, for she gave so generously and creatively to make a place for others in our world. Cry sorrow, sorrow – yet let good prevail! Services at Temple Shalom, 175 Temple St., Newton, MA 3pm, Sunday, July 29. Memorial Observance for family and friends will be at the home of Zoe and Brian Forbes, 55 Myrtle Street, West Newton, MA (directly behind Temple Shalom), immediately following the service and on Monday from 5 to 8:30pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in Amy's memory may be made to the Legal Aid Society of New York, the Immigrant Justice Corps or the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary

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Published in Boston Globe from Jul. 26 to Jul. 27, 2018.
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August 13, 2018
Im so sorry to read about your death Amy. It would have been a privilege to know you. I want your family to know how important individuals like yourself are to us who see the priceless value for heroes/heroines like yourself who stand up and fight for those who otherwise would be run under. You are an amazing person and such a gift to the world. Im so saddened to hear you have left us. God Bless You. I hope you have found peace. Love, Alec Portnoy.
alec portnoy
August 13, 2018
Some friends and I spent about an hour or so with Amy at a party in lower Manhattan years ago.
We had great fun;
never saw her again, but never forgot her.
Upon the hearing the news of her death, we can't stop crying and praying for her. She was just so wonderful and unforgettable.

I remember she told me that friends back home fondly called her Mess.

We rejoice that her pain is over and that she's gone home.
ed cahill
August 11, 2018
Rest in peace Amy. Thank you for everything you have done.
Jesse Green
August 10, 2018
I did not know Amy personally but I came to know of her courage, dedication, determination and love of others. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and loved ones.
Lillian Burns
August 6, 2018
I didn't know Amy but had read some of her cases throughout the years.

Some people touch our lives and hearts not because they seek the limelight but because they have the courage to follow their convictions.

Terribly sad to hear about this.
July 29, 2018
Thinking of all of the immediate and extended Family with Prayers for healing from your loss of Amy. She touched countless lives with her expertise and love. She will be greatly missed.
Webb Broen
July 27, 2018
Dear Sarah and Family of Amy,
I am thinking of you during this difficult time and I remember all the times you spoke so proudly of your beloved daughter Amy. I am be thinking of you as you celebrate Amy's life. May she be remembered for what a wonderful impact she had on those lives she touched. May the support of family and friends lift you up during your grief.
Liz Runge
Liz Runge
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