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Lori K. Adams

Sanctuary for Families
Director, Immigration Intervention Project
New York, NY, USA


Lori Adams is the Director of the Immigration Intervention Project for Sanctuary for Families.  Before joining Sanctuary for Families earlier this summer, she was the Managing Attorney in Refugee Representation at Human Rights First, where she oversaw the pro bono legal representation of indigent asylum seekers. In that capacity, she provided 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 provided information and legal services to asylum seekers in immigration detention, and helped to coordinate their legal representation.  Human Rights First opened an office in Houston, Texas in the spring of 2014 and she oversaw the pro bono legal representation of indigent asylum seekers in that area too.  She is a member of Study Group on Immigrant Representation, launched by Judge Robert A. Katzmann of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which aims to increase high-quality pro bono representation of asylum seekers and otherwise address the unmet legal needs of the immigrant poor. She is also a member of the Working Group on Immigrant Representation, led by Judge Michael A. Chagares of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, which has similar aims in New Jersey.  Ms. Adams is a frequent speaker on immigration-related topics and a co-author of a 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.  She 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 a member of the Federal Bar Association and American Immigration Lawyers Association.  She is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey.

Lori K. Adams is associated with the following items:
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Defending Immigration Removal Proceedings 2018, Thursday, July 26, 2018, New York, NY
Pro Bono  Pro Bono Defending Immigration Removal Proceedings 2018, Thursday, July 26, 2018, New York, NY
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Mark R. von Sternberg, Outline of United States Asylum Law: Substantive Criteria and Procedural Concerns (September 15, 2017) - Defending Immigration Removal Proceedings 2018, Thursday, July 26, 2018
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