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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 legalaidnyc.org, the Immigrant Justice Corps justicecorps.org or the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary woodstocksanctuary.org.
Published in The Boston Globe on July 27, 2018
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