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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).

August 30, 2016
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First today decried the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit’s ruling  in Castro v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security that...
February 03, 2014
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First welcomes today’s announcement that the United States will take important steps to address impediments facing refugees waiting to be resettled to the United...
September 26, 2013
New York City – Human Rights First announced today that it will honor Steven J. Kolleeny with its Frankel Award in recognition of his extraordinary commitment over many years to providing pro...
February 06, 2013
An article in Saturday’s Washington Post describes the confusion of an Afghan interpreter for the U.S. military, Tariq, who after risking his life for years in support of U.S. forces in his...