Staff Attorney, Immigration Practice
Rachel joined BDS as a Staff Attorney with the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP) in 2017. As a NYIFUP attorney, Rachel represents both detained and non-detained immigrants in deportation defense cases before the Immigration Court. She is admitted to practice law in the state of New York and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Prior to joining BDS, Rachel spent four years working for the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition in Washington, DC, first as a staff attorney providing deportation defense and Know Your Rights presentations for immigrants detained in Maryland and Virginia, then as a senior attorney counseling criminal defenders on how to mitigate the severe immigration consequences of criminal offenses for non-citizens. She received her J.D. with a Certificate in Refugee and Humanitarian Studies from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2013. In law school, she represented detained asylum seekers with Georgetown’s Center for Applied Legal Studies immigration clinic, and worked as a legal intern for the ACLU National Prison Project, the Women’s Refugee Commission, and the American Red Cross. Prior to law school she worked with women’s rights organizations in Israel, the West Bank, and Thailand. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Swarthmore College with a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies.