As senior staff attorney, Alex Parcan helps coordinate the pro bono legal representation of indigent asylum seekers. He provides support and guidance to volunteer lawyers in law firms located in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia who represent asylum seekers at all levels of the system.
Prior to joining Human Rights First, Alex was an immigration attorney in private practice in the Washington D.C. area, where he represented a variety of clients on a variety of immigration issues, including asylum, cancelation of removal, adjustment of status, and employment and business visas. Alex also spent several years as a Foreign Service Officer the US Department of State where he supervised a team of 50 professionals in adjudicating visa and passport applications with a particular emphasis on non-immigrant visa applications and citizenship issues. His assignments at the State Department included Consular posts in Mexico and China. Alex has also worked at Asylum Access in Bangkok, Thailand where he prepared refugees for their interviews at UNHCR and worked on a variety of advocacy-related programs. Additionally, worked at the American Chamber of Commerce in Beijing where he authored a study on Chinese tax laws and social services systems and their implications for businesses in China. During law school, Alex worked at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia’s Office of the Prosecutor, where he worked in prosecuting some of the most serious atrocities from the Yugoslav War. He also volunteered in numerous immigration clinics and finished as a semi-finalist in the NYU National Immigration Court competition.
Alex holds a Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School, a Master’s Degree in International Relations and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and a Bachelor’s Degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Maryland. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and is admitted to practice in the State of Maryland. Alex holds both Chilean and US citizenship and is a native Spanish speaker. He is also proficient in French and has limited working proficiency in Mandarin Chinese.