Senior Staff Attorney, Immigration Practice
Sophie Dalsimer joined BDS as a staff attorney with the Immigration Unit in January 2014. She is a native New Yorker passionate about advocacy for marginalized communities.
Sophie Dalsimer graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston in May 2013 where she focused on immigration and international human rights law. She previously interned in the BDS Immigration Unit, and served as a volunteer law graduate at the Immigrant Defense Project (IDP), gaining experience representing immigrant clients and assessing the immigration consequences of criminal convictions.
During law school, Sophie also interned at an immigration law firm in New York, Daryanani & Bland, where she helped represent individuals in deportation proceedings. Before that, she interned with the Open Society Justice Initiative monitoring the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and the Center for Justice and Accountability in San Francisco, representing survivors of torture and other human rights abuses. She led her school’s chapter of the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), and served as a Restorative Justice Student Attorney with the Civil Rights & Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ), helping to memorialize victims of racially motivated violence in the American South during the mid-twentieth century.
Sophie earned her B.A. in 2005 from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota where she majored in History and African Studies. After college, she worked for a sustainable development studies program in Senegal, West Africa and served as a Senior Program Officer at the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund, assisting persecuted scholars around the world. She speaks French.