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Jocelyn Dyer

Senior Staff Attorney

Jocelyn Dyer is a staff attorney in the Washington, D.C. office of Human Rights First. As a staff attorney, Jocelyn 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, Jocelyn works directly with clients and provides support to Human Rights First’s advocacy team.

Prior to joining Human Rights First, Jocelyn was most recently a fellow at the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project in Boston, where she represented asylum seekers and detained non-citizens seeking cancellation of removal. She also served as the Co-Chair of the Boston Bar Association’s Immigration Public Service Committee. Jocelyn previously practiced corporate litigation at the law firms Foley Hoag LLP and Donnelly, Conroy & Gelhaar LLP, where her pro bono case work included immigration and domestic violence matters. Jocelyn has taught legal writing and research courses at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the University of Massachusetts School of Law.

Jocelyn has been quoted in the Washington Post and featured in Voice of America and eNews Channel Africa television segments relating to LGBT asylum seekers from Africa.

Jocelyn holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Cornell University and she graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and admitted to the Massachusetts bar.

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