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Hi - I'm Kimberley Motley.
I'm an international attorney who is known for being the first non-Afghan attorney to litigate in Afghanistan. I've been doing that since 2008. Many have called me one of the most effective defense attorneys operating in Afghanistan. In 2014, I was named by Richard Branson as one of the most inspirational people and described as "an inspiring litigator with a powerful message: 'The laws are ours – no matter your ethnicity, nationality, gender, race – they belong to us.'"
Among those I've defended: women who have been treated as criminals because they were raped. In 2011, I famously defended a woman who had been charged with adultery and sentenced to prison after her cousin's husband raped her. I successfully appealed directly to the Afghan president at his palace to have her pardoned. It was the first presidential pardon President Karzai granted for what he called "a moral crime" and ushered in what many called a new level of respect for Afghan women.
I an an aberration in Afghanistan. I operate using an I Pad. And I don't wear a headscarf. I used to. But I've found the men treat me with greater respect when I do not wear one.
I routinely receive death and rape threats owing to the work that I do, and the causes that I take on. But that has not deterred me. I continue to travel in and out of Afghanistan to seek justice for women and foreigners, among others.
Some more information about me: I am married and the mother of three. I am the subject of a brand new documentary, Motley's Law, which was honored at this year's New York Film Festival. I originally grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in a crime-riddled neighborhood, in which people were frequently going in and out of jail. I thought at one point about becoming a doctor or a DJ but I like to say that law chose me. I also was named Mrs. Wisconsin in 2004 and competed in the Mrs. America competition.
Now's your chance to ask me anything! Please write your questions in the comments section below and I'll answer the questions live on Friday, October 7th at 12 pm ET.
Kimberley Chongyon Motley is an American International Attorney of African American and Korean descent. She is mother of three, and former Mrs. Wisconsin-America 2004, who is known for being the first non-Afghan attorney to litigate in Afghanistan since 2008. She is licensed and has permission to [...]