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Hon. Randa Zagzoug

Department of Justice
Immigration Judge (appearing in her personal capacity)
New York, NY, USA

Hon. Randa Zagzoug has 20 years of immigration experience. She has been an Immigration Judge since April of 2010. She is a graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law where she received a J.D. with honors in 1990. She was an Asylum Officer for 3 years at the Newark Asylum Office, then became a Supervisory Asylum Officer for approximately 2 years, during which time she served as the Acting Director for a lengthy period of time.  

In 1995, she left the Asylum Corps to work at the Office of the INS District Counsel (ODC) in New York City, first as an Assistant District Counsel, then as Deputy Chief Counsel for the Department of Homeland Security. Judge Zagzoug served as Deputy Chief Counsel for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from November 2001 to April 2010. In addition to directly supervising over 14 attorneys, she conducted and jointly managed all attorney and staff training at the OCC in NYC. Among the many honors Judge Zagzoug has received, she was the recipient of the INS Attorney of the Year Award. She has given numerous presentations on immigration law both with ICE as a faculty member of the Trial Advocacy Training Program, and at various national conferences on a variety of issues particularly protection law issues such as asylum confidentiality and credibility issues. Judge Zagzoug has lectured on immigration before the Federal Bar Association, the Practising Law Institute, AILA, various law schools including Columbia, Seton Hall, Rutgers, Yale and Harvard.  She is most pleased to be a member of the New York Immigration Court.


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