top of page

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


One item from your Bucket List

Write a book


Yoga, hiking, reading, and exercising


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…


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.


bottom of page