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Lindsay Toczylowski

Lindsay Toczylowski

Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project
Directing Attorney for Direct Representation
Los Angeles, CA, USA


Lindsay Toczylowski is the Directing Attorney for Representation Programs at Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project, a non-profit law firm in Los Angeles, CA that specializes in providing legal representation and community education to the most vulnerable immigrants in Southern California.  Ms. Toczylowski oversees the provision of legal representation to detained and released unaccompanied minors, and mentally incompetent immigrant detainees.  Esperanza’s direct representation program for unaccompanied minors provides immigration removal defense to hundreds of refugee children yearly, and is the largest program of its kind in the United States.       

Ms. Toczylowski was formerly a Staff Attorney at both Esperanza and Kids in Need of Defense, where she represented immigrant children in removal proceedings, mainly pursuing asylum and Special Immigrant Juvenile Visas for them. Prior to Esperanza, she fought for the legal rights of abused and neglected foster children in the Dependency Court system as an attorney with the Children's Law Center of Los Angeles. From 2009 to 2010, Ms. Toczylowski was the Overseas Operations Director at Asylum Access, an international non-profit that makes refugee rights a reality in the global south. As the 2008 University of Southern California Irmas Fellow, she provided direct legal services and engaged in policy advocacy in Asylum Access's Ecuador office. She is an active University of Southern California Law alumnus who serves on the USC Public Interest Law Foundation Advisory Board. Ms. Toczylowski is a 2008 graduate of the USC Gould School of Law and a 2003 magna cum laude graduate of San Diego State University.

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