American University of Beirut

Alumni in the News: Wafa Hoballah


Wafa Hoballah (BA Sociology & Anthropology ’81) received the 2022 California Lebanese Ladies Organization (CLLO) Humanitarian Award at a gala dinner on October 16, 2022, at the Taglyan Complex Center to benefit the Homes of the Elderly in Lebanon. The CLLO, founded in 2002, is a non-profit California corporation that is fully managed by volunteers to raise funds benefiting the less fortunate elderly in Lebanon.

Hoballah, who is the principal and founder of the WJH Law Group, APC, is a leading expert on US Lebanese comparative law and is at the forefront of immigration and nationality law in the United States. Deeply committed to her community, she is an educator on important topics such as human rights, political asylum, violence against women, as well as the dangers and devastating impact of human trafficking. The CLLO Humanitarian Award recognizes her work to improve the quality of life and health of others and her lifetime of outstanding humanitarian volunteer accomplishments, love of family and country, and strong support for the mission of the CLLO.

​In addition to her extensive humanitarian work, Hoballah is also an active alumna and the founding president of the WAAAUB Greater Los Angeles Chapter. Under her leadership, the Greater Los Angeles Chapter won the WAAAUB North American Trivia Tournament – 2022 Battle of the Chapters, has hosted President Fadlo Khuri twice, and co-hosted the AUB North American Alumni Reunion in southern California on February 18-20, 2022. 

​“It is a real tribute to Wafa and her many years of service to the community in southern California and in Lebanon that she was selected to receive the CLLO Humanitarian Award,” said Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations-North America and General Secretary of WAAAUB Lina Jazi. “I greatly admire her dedication and commitment to give back.”

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