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Anwen Hughes

Deputy Legal Director (NY)

Anwen Hughes helps oversee Human Rights First's pro bono representation program for indigent asylum seekers. Anwen provides training and support to volunteers from law firms in New York and New Jersey who represent asylum seekers through our program and assists in Human Rights First’s local and national advocacy on asylum issues. She also provides information and legal services to asylum seekers in INS detention, and helps coordinate their legal representation.

Before joining Human Rights First, Anwen was a staff attorney with the Passaic County Legal Aid Society in Paterson, New Jersey, where she represented recipients of public benefits and coordinated legal services for the elderly.

She graduated summa cum laude from Yale University (1993) with a B.A. in Classics, and from Yale Law School (1998).

December 19, 2018
Washington, D.C.—In response to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia striking down policies that made it nearly impossible for victims of domestic and gang violence to seek asylum,...
November 27, 2018
This year the Trump Administration has engaged in an unprecedented assault on asylum seekers and refugees seeking protection at the southern border. From criminally prosecuting asylum...
April 30, 2018
Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) joined the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program’s amicus...
October 31, 2017
Washington, D.C.— Human Rights First today expressed concern over an announced policy change by U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) that will affect individuals applying for permanent...