Minoo Jalali was a practising lawyer, and an executive member of the largest Iranian women organisation formed in the aftermath of the Revolution in 1979.  She campaigned against the violation of human, and specially, women’s rights. As a result, she was unlawfully banned from practice and had to leave Iran in 1983.

In Britain she first worked with the Citizen Rights Office in Edinburgh.  She also together with other women activists helped to set up the first Asian women refuge in Edinburgh.

In 1987, she joined Avon and Bristol Law Centre in Bristol where she helped in setting up its immigration team, representing clients and campaigning on asylum and immigration rights issues.  She was a founding member of the Refugee Women’s Legal Group which was formed in 1996. Its aim was development of a gendered perspective on refugee law and practice.    

Minoo has been a board member of Refugee Action since 1994 and a trustee of JCWI since 2008. In 2013 she was appointed Chair of Trustees at JCWI.