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Eleni Bakst

Equal Justice Works Fellow

As an Equal Justice Works Fellow on the Refugee Protection team, Eleni Bakst works to protect and advance the rights of asylum seekers and refugees. Eleni’s work includes legal and policy research and advocacy relating to U.S. immigration detention and U.S. and regional asylum systems, as well as strategic impact litigation to challenge systemic rights violations. 

Eleni holds a Juris Doctor from Duke University School of Law. During law school, Eleni worked on a wide array of international and refugee issues through internships at the International Rescue Committee in Washington D.C., the Wake County Public Defender’s Office, and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland. She participated in the International Human Rights Clinic where she was involved in the research and drafting of a report analyzing how counter terrorism financing rules impact women’s rights organizations and gender equality. Eleni also volunteered with the CARA Pro Bono Project at the family detention center in Dilley, Texas, both during law school and since coming to Human Rights First. 

Prior to law school, Eleni worked as an English as a Second Language instructor for adult immigrants at the Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights. 

Eleni is fluent in Spanish. 

September 11, 2018
New York City—In response to reports that the Trump Administration will triple the size of a tent camp for migrant children being held by the Department of Health and Human Services, Human Rights...
September 05, 2018
When a person seeking protection enters the United States, they are often placed in immigration detention—a costly, largely unnecessary move that negatively impacts an individual’s physical and...
July 18, 2018
For the last year, the Trump Administration has launched a barrage of policies to deter and punish those who come to our borders seeking protection. At the center of these attacks is the...
June 14, 2018
Houston, Texas—As the Trump Administration ramps up detention of refugees and migrants as part of its zero-tolerance policy, Human Rights First today released a new report analyzing the mental,...