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Cora Wright

Legal Fellow, Refugee Protection & Representation

As a legal fellow with the Refugee Protection and Refugee Representation teams, Cora Wright supports strategic representation of clients affected by anti-asylum policies, conducts legal research, and authors analysis of law and policy.

Cora earned a juris doctor from University of Michigan Law School in 2021 before joining Human Rights First. During law school, she was a student attorney in Michigan’s Human Trafficking Clinic and a researcher for the Immigrant Justice Lab. In her role as an extern with the Scalabrini Centre in Cape Town, South Africa, she assisted asylum seekers with access to basic rights and overcoming barriers related to the immigration system, while also preparing research for upcoming litigation. During her summers, she interned with Legal Aid of Cambodia and was awarded a Bates Fellowship for her work with Professor Dire Tladi of the International Law Commission.

Cora also holds a Bachelor of Arts in history with highest honors from College of Charleston.

May 18, 2022
Government records received by Human Rights First from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) asylum office through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request show years-long,...
May 04, 2022
In the United States, people who have fled persecution in their home countries and requested asylum must support themselves while they wait for a decision in their case. The U.S. government does not...
April 19, 2022
People seeking protection in the United States often wait years for a decision on their application for asylum. For many these delays have been exacerbated by the failure of the Asylum Office to...