Mary Harper

Staff Attorney, Immigration Practice

Tel (718) 254-0700 x233

Mary is thrilled to represent detained noncitizens facing deportation through the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP)—the nation’s first public defender program that BDS helped pioneer.

Mary developed her interest in immigrants’ rights at Stanford Law School, where she spent a semester in the human rights clinic and authored two publications regarding the due process rights owed to Guantanamo Bay detainees.  She also worked on immigration, refugee, and criminal law issues at the ACLU of Northern California, the International Refugee Assistance Project, and the United Nations Human Rights Council.  After law school, Mary clerked for the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

Before joining BDS, Mary worked as a litigation associate at Hogan Lovells US LLP, where she devoted hundreds of hours to immigration pro bono matters.  For instance, Mary worked on several detained cases with the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition—one of which she appealed to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and others which raised novel arguments regarding the impact of criminal convictions.  Mary also obtained SIJS for a minor client through Kids in Need of Defense, supported advocacy to close the Berks family detention center with Human Rights First, and led the firm’s efforts in responding to the executive orders concerning refugees.