Lori Adams joined Human Rights First in 2006. She is the Acting Managing Attorney in the Refugee Protection Program where she oversees the pro bono legal representation of indigent asylum seekers. Ms. Adams provides support to volunteer lawyers from law firms in New York and New Jersey who represent asylum seekers at all levels of the system. She also provides information and legal services to asylum seekers in DHS detention, and helps to coordinate their legal representation. She is a member of Study Group on Immigrant Representation, launched by Judge Robert A. Katzmann of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, which aims to increase high-quality pro bono representation of asylum seekers and otherwise address the unmet legal needs of the immigrant poor. Ms. Adams is also a frequent speaker on immigration-related topics and a co-author of a recent report on the negative impact of the one-year filing deadline in asylum cases.
Before joining Human Rights First, Ms. Adams was the attorney advisor in the New York Immigration Court, where she drafted decisions for twenty-eight immigration judges and supervised the work of the court's law clerks and interns. She has also worked for the American Civil Liberties Union and for the Honorable Deborah A. Batts in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Ms. Adams is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey.