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Tom Jawetz

Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives
Democratic Chief Counsel, Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security
Washington, DC, USA


Tom Jawetz is the Democratic Chief Counsel for the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security of the House Committee on the Judiciary.  He received his A.B. from Dartmouth College in 1999 and his J.D. from Yale Law School in 2003.  Following law school, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Kimba M. Wood in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.  From 2004-2005, Tom received an Arthur Liman Public Interest Fellowship to work at the Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project of the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs.  During his fellowship, he represented asylum seekers in removal proceedings and helped to establish a screening program for persons appearing without counsel at the Arlington Immigration Court.  In 2005, he accepted a litigation fellowship at the National Prison Project of the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, where he later worked as the Immigration Detention Staff Attorney.  During his time at the ACLU, he co-counseled several detention conditions lawsuits involving issues ranging from overcrowding to inadequate medical care.  He testified twice before the House Judiciary Committee, once on the issue of immigration detainee medical care and deaths in custody and once on the Private Prison Information Act of 2007.  He additionally co-authored a report detailing the experiences of thousands of prisoners who were trapped in the New Orleans jail during Hurricane Katrina.  He has worked for the House Judiciary Committee since May 2009.
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