Gina DelChiaro is a staff attorney in the Refugee Representation group at Human Rights First. She manages the Asylum Representation Project (“ARP”), which focuses on increasing high quality pro bono legal representation of indigent asylum-seekers and other immigrants in New York City. Through the ARP, Gina works with volunteer attorneys at large law firms to conduct one-on-one screenings of indigent immigrants at the New York Immigration Court whose claims are evaluated for possible pro bono representation. Gina places cases with law firms that represent asylum-seekers and other immigrants, and provides strategic guidance to the pro bono attorneys on those cases, from start to finish.
Gina has worked with refugees and other immigrants for over ten years. Prior to joining Human Rights First, she spent six years as an associate in the New York office of Sidley Austin LLP, where she represented a variety of clients in pro bono immigration matters. Her practice also included securities and other litigation and regulatory enforcement matters, as well as death penalty work, for which she received the 2008 Thurgood Marshall Capital Representation Award.
Gina graduated from Fordham Law School and is a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on Pro Bono and Legal Services, the Study Group on Immigrant Representation founded by the Honorable Robert A. Katzmann of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the Federal Bar Council’s Public Service Committee.