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Anika Ades

Masiyiwa-Bernstein Fellow, Refugee Protection

As the Masiyiwa-Bernstein Fellow for the Refugee Protection team in New York City, Anika Ades supports Human Rights First’s efforts to promote the protection of refugees, reform U.S. asylum law, policies, and practices, and bring other U.S. immigration policies and practices into line with international refugee protection and human rights law standards.  

During law school, Anika interned for the Center for Constitutional Rights, the ACLU Human Rights Program, Human Rights Watch, and the UN International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals in Arusha, Tanzania. She represented clients in immigration proceedings through the LGBTQ Rights Clinic and the Immigration Defense Clinic at NYU School of Law. Before law school, Anika worked as a litigation paralegal at Sidley Austin, LLP, and as an English language teacher in French Guyana and Paris, France.  

Anika earned her juris doctor degree from the New York University School of Law. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with degrees in International Relations and French Literature from Tufts University. 

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