Senior Staff Attorney, Immigration Practice
Hannah McCrea joined Brooklyn Defender Services in 2012 and spent six years as a trial attorney in its Criminal Defense Practice. In 2018, she joined BDS’s Immigration Practice, specializing in the intersection of criminal and immigration defense.
Hannah discovered her passion for defending systemically-marginalized communities as a law student at Georgetown University Law Center. She completed Georgetown’s Criminal Defense & Prisoner Advocacy Clinic, where she defended criminal cases in D.C. Superior Court, as well as parolees facing revocation of their parole before the U.S. Parole Commission. In addition to her clinical experience, Hannah completed internships with the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia and the Office of the Public Defender in Alexandria, Virginia.
Prior to attending law school, Hannah was Online Communications Director for the Constitutional Accountability Center (CAC), a think tank and civil rights firm that promotes, through historical research and litigation, the progressive text and history of our Nation’s Constitution. Her work at CAC included promoting the Founders’ promise of meaningful legal assistance to all individuals accused of a crime, regardless of race, national origin or ability to pay.
Hannah was a 2017 International Fellow with the International Legal Foundation (ILF) in the West Bank and Tunisia, where she trained and mentored legal aid attorneys in post-conflict and transitional legal systems. In her past lives, she has lived and worked in West Africa and Europe and earned degrees from the London School of Economics and Northwestern University. Hannah is now thrilled and honored to be representing such a diverse and vibrant community as Brooklyn.