Team Leader, Immigration Practice
Talia Peleg is a Team Leader in the Immigration Unit at Brooklyn Defender Services, a public defender office that represents more than 40,000 Brooklyn residents every year. Talia has been a staff attorney since 2011 and first joined BDS in 2009 as a legal intern in the inaugural year of the Immigration Unit. She now represents clients in their immigration matters, in deportation proceedings – on the detained and non-detained dockets – and before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in adjustment of status, citizenship, U-visa and other affirmative applications. She also advocates with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to try and secure her clients’ release from immigration detention and if possible, avoid deportation proceedings altogether. She works in consultation with defense lawyers on criminal matters to avoid the potentially devastating immigration consequences of the criminal justice system.
Talia Peleg earned her J.D. from CUNY School of Law in 2010 and her B.A. from Vassar College in 2004. While at CUNY law, Talia participated in the Immigrant and Refugee Rights Clinic, where she represented a non-citizen in a federal appeal. As part of her clinical experience, Talia also worked at Families for Freedom providing legal consultation for immigrants facing and fighting deportation and their loved ones. During law school, she also represented indigent immigrants in removal proceedings and affirmative immigration applications as a legal intern at Catholic Charities Community Services in Manhattan in the summer of 2008. In the summer of 2009, she worked as a law clerk at the New York Immigration Court, where she researched and crafted legal opinions on behalf of judges.
Talia has been admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey and is fluent in Spanish.