As a Masiyiwa-Bernstein Fellow on the Refugee Protection team, Alyssa conducts research and advocacy to advance the rights of refugees and asylum seekers in the United States. Her work focuses on ending immigrant family detention and combatting the criminal prosecution of asylum seekers.
During law school, Alyssa worked with the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project, the Legal Aid Society Immigration Law Unit, and the Brennan Center for Justice. She assisted a refugee client and his family in obtaining a Special Immigrant Visa through the International Refugee Assistance Project and worked as a research assistant in immigration law to Professor Adam Cox. Alyssa spent her first summer as an International Law and Human Rights Fellow at the Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (CELS) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and her second as an intern with the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition, where she successfully prepared and argued an asylum case for a detained individual. For her last semester of law school, Alyssa returned to Buenos Aires and wrote an amicus curiae brief on the human rights implications of the militarization of the drug war in Mexico for a case before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.
Alyssa holds a Juris Doctor from NYU School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Virginia. Before law school, she worked as an Americorps VISTA member at Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A and as a grants writer for the Tahirih Justice Center.