Samuel represents asylum clients who are currently in removal proceedings, including women and children who fled Central America because of domestic or criminal violence. Samuel is part of Human Rights First’s Refugee Representation program, which helps asylum-seekers who would not otherwise be able to afford legal representation.
Before joining Human Rights First, Samuel had a thirty-year career as a journalist, mostly reporting from Latin America. He covered the 1980’s civil wars in Central America as a correspondent for the Associated Press, based in San Salvador, and for the Miami Herald, based in San Salvador and Managua. Later, based in Rio de Janeiro, he covered Brazil and the Southern Cone. During the late-1990’s and early 2000’s, he was the Mexico Bureau Chief for The New York Times. He shared two Pulitzer Prizes for his Latin American coverage.
In 2012, after a voluntary buyout at the Times, he enrolled in the Rutgers-Newark School of Law. During summer 2013, he worked as an intern at the American Friends Service Committee in Newark, NJ, interviewing detained immigrants at the Elizabeth and Delaney detention centers. During summer 2014, he was an intern at the Newark Immigration Court. He received his JD in 2015.