Supervising Attorney, Padilla and “Youth & Communities” Immigration Practices
Nyasa Hickey is a Supervising Attorney of 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 helps to devise strategies to minimize the immigration impact of clients’ criminal proceedings. Nyasa also represents clients in removal 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. Afterward, Nyasa participated in Bard College’s Globalization and International Affairs (BGIA) Program and worked as the Program Assistant of New York University Center for Dialogues: Islamic World-US-The West. In 2011 Nyasa graduated from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law where she focused on gaining practical experiences in human rights issues internationally in Tanzania, Rwanda and Haiti, as well as domestically in prisoner’s rights, immigration and criminal defense advocacy. She received the Stanley H. Beckerman Public Interest Award and Cardozo’s Public Law Advocacy Week (P*LAW) INSPIRE Award.