Attorney-In-Charge, New York Immigrant Family Unity Project
Andrea joined BDS in 2016 as a supervisor in the Immigration Practice, as part of the team that provides deportation defense through the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP), the first-in-the-nation immigration public defender program that BDS helped to pioneer.
Prior to joining BDS, Andrea was a Clinical Teaching Fellow in the Immigration Justice Clinic at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, teaching and supervising law students in immigration and federal court cases. She received Cardozo’s “Inspire” award for faculty committed to public service and worked for three years on the budget advocacy that expanded NYIFUP at the city and state levels. Andrea has previously worked as an Immigration Staff Attorney at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, a judicial law clerk at the Varick Street Immigration Court in Manhattan, and an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project in Boston. She has spent her legal career specializing in criminal immigration, deportation, and detention issues.
Andrea graduated from Harvard Law School cum laude in 2008 and received her B.A. in English from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2002. Between college and law school, she taught English as a Second Language to immigrant students in Houston through Teach for America. She speaks Spanish and is admitted to the bars of New York, Massachusetts, the Southern District of New York, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First and Second Circuits, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Andrea is proud to be working at the cutting edge of criminal, family, and immigration defense with the team at BDS.