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Kennji Kizuka

Senior Researcher and Policy Analyst, Refugee Protection

As Senior Researcher and Policy Analyst for Refugee Protection, Kennji supports Human Rights First’s efforts to promote the protection of refugees, reform U.S. asylum law, policies and practices, address deficiencies in the U.S. resettlement system, and bring other U.S. immigration policies and practices into line with international refugee protection and human rights law standards. Prior to his role as Senior Researcher and Policy Analyst, Kennji served as an Immigrant Justice Corps Justice Fellow on Human Rights First’s Refugee Representation team.

Prior to joining Human Rights First, Kennji clerked for the Honorable Rosemary S. Pooler on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. During law school, he interned for the Norwegian Refugee Committee’s Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Malaysia, and the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project. Kennji has directly represented clients through the Capital Area Immigrant Rights Coalition and the California Asylum Representation Clinic at UC Berkeley School of Law. Before law school, Kennji worked for Human Rights Watch in their Children’s Rights Division.

Kennji received a juris doctor degree, Order of the Coif, from the UC Berkeley School of Law. He holds a master’s degree in public affairs from the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

December 16, 2020
The Trump Administration continues to break U.S. laws and treaty obligations that protect refugees from persecution, returning to danger people seeking protection at the southern border. In addition...
December 16, 2020
WASHINGTON - In a new report, Human Rights First details the disgraceful abuse of the human rights of refugees at the U.S. southern border. The Trump administration continues to expel and return to...
November 19, 2020
The Trump Administration is summarily sending refugees seeking protection from persecution or torture to immigration jail. They are often held there for months, or even years, denying them the prompt...
October 30, 2020
Human Rights First has received previously undisclosed records that reveal how the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been carrying out illegal expulsions of asylum seekers and children....