Supervising Attorney, Immigration Practice
Nyasa Hickey is a Supervising Attorney of the Immigration Practice at Brooklyn Defender Services. She has been practicing since 2011 providing advice about the best possible criminal defense from an immigration perspective and helping to devise strategies to minimize the immigration impact of clients’ criminal and family court proceedings. Nyasa also represents clients in removal defense proceedings and provides assistance to individuals applying for affirmative immigration benefits. Nyasa supervises both a Padilla team and a Youth & Communities team; she is also an adjunct professor of the Immigration Law Field Clinic at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
Nyasa is a summa cum laude graduate of the State University of New York at New Paltz where she received a B.A. degree in both English and Black Studies. After New Paltz, Nyasa participated in Bard College’s Globalization and International Affairs (BGIA) Program and then worked as the Program Assistant of New York University’s Center for Dialogues: Islamic World-US-The West. During her studies at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law she focused on gaining practical experiences in human rights issues both internationally in Tanzania, Rwanda, and Haiti, and domestically in prisoner’s rights, immigration, and criminal defense advocacy. Nyasa received Cardozo’s Public Law Advocacy Week (P*LAW) INSPIRE Award and Cardozo’s Stanley H. Beckerman Public Interest Award.