Ashley Hoornstra is a staff attorney in the Washington, D.C. office of Human Rights First. As a staff attorney, Ashley helps oversee the pro bono legal representation of indigent asylum seekers by providing support, mentoring, and training to volunteer lawyers in the Washington, D.C. metro area. In addition to mentoring and training pro bono attorneys, Ashley works directly with clients and provides support to Human Rights First’s advocacy team.
Ashley's passion for immigration issues began through her involvement representing clients in asylum proceedings at the International Human Rights Law Clinic within the American University Washington College of Law. In November 2014, she represented detained immigrant mothers in their asylum interviews and removal proceedings while volunteering at a family detention center in Artesia, New Mexico.
Prior to joining Human Rights First, Ashley completed a clerkship with the Senior Judges' Chambers at the District of Columbia Superior Court. During law school, Ashley interned at the Tekach Law Office, Fairfax County (VA) Public Defender's Office, DC Lawyers for Youth, American Civil Liberties Union, DC Metropolitan Police Department, and the Legal Services Corporation. Prior to law school, she served as a Management and Program Analyst with the U.S. Department of Justice for four years.
Ashley has a bachelor's degree in international relations from Michigan State University, with a Spanish minor, and she spent her junior year studying at Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Quito, Ecuador. She also has a master’s degree in international affairs from the American University School of International Service, and a law degree from the American University Washington College of Law. She is a member of the Michigan bar. Ashley also speaks fluent Spanish.