Supervising Attorney, Immigration Practice
Talia Peleg is a Supervising Attorney in the Immigration Unit at Brooklyn Defender Services. Talia began as a staff attorney in 2011 and first joined BDS in 2009 as a legal intern in the inaugural year of the Immigration Unit. She began her career working in consultation with defense lawyers on criminal matters to avoid the potentially devastating immigration consequences of the criminal justice system. In 2013 she was one of four attorneys in New York City to help shape New York Immigrant Family Unity Project, a groundbreaking, first-in-the-nation universal representation program for detained immigrants, funded by the New York City Council.
In her role during the pilot project phase she defended many detained immigrants against deportation as part of this assigned counsel model. NYIFUP is now a fully funded project representing detained clients at the Varick Street Court in New York City in bond hearings, merits hearings on their defenses to removal, and appeals to the BIA.
During her career at BDS Talia has represented hundreds of non-citizens facing removal from the United States, in both the detained and non-detained setting. She has also represented clients before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in adjustment of status, citizenship, U-visa and other affirmative applications. She has also represented non-citizens in federal court litigation challenging the legality of their detention. Talia now supervises a team of staff attorneys on the NYIFUP team in representation of detained non-citizens facing removal from the United States.
Talia Peleg earned her J.D. from CUNY School of Law in 2010 and her B.A. from Vassar College in 2004. Talia is fluent in Spanish and is admitted to the bars of New York, New Jersey, the U.S. Federal Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the District of New Jersey, and the U.S. Supreme Court.