Attorney-In-Charge, Immigration, Youth and Communities
Tracy Lawson is a Supervising Attorney in the Immigration Unit of Brooklyn Defender Services. She earned her law degree from the City University of New York (CUNY) Law School, where she participated in CUNY’s distinguished clinical programs, including the Economic Justice Project and the Immigrant and Refugee Rights Clinic. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa. Ms. Lawson’s legal career has focused in various capacities on advocating for the rights of immigrants and families, with an emphasis on serving low-income communities where criminal and immigration law intersect. She began her career as an associate at Bretz & Coven, LLP, where she focused on family-based immigration, asylum, and removal defense. At the Brooklyn Family Defense Project she advocated for low-income parents in child protection proceedings; later, she served immigrant mothers experiencing domestic violence in family court matters at Tubman in Minnesota. At Brooklyn Defender Services, Ms. Lawson served as a staff attorney in the city’s immigration assigned counsel program, New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP), and now works with criminal defenders to advise non-citizen clients of immigration consequences pursuant to the Supreme Court’s Decision in Padilla v. Kentucky. Ms. Lawson has been a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 2010 and serves on the New York Chapter’s ERO and EOIR committees.