Atakhelti was born and raised in Ethiopia where he went to the Addis Abba University and majored in Law. After coming to America in 2004, Atakhelti was actually an ECDC client through the Matching Grant Program. This experience motivated him to become a longtime volunteer for our Arlington office and eventually apply for a position. Atakhelti currently works as a Community Advocate where he helps clients prepare and apply for government documentation and provides translation and interpretation services. He is one of the few people in our office accredited by the Justice Department to assist immigrants in immigration proceedings before the Department of Homeland Security.