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Kennji Kizuka

Associate Director, Research & Analysis, Refugee Protection

As Associate Director of Research & Analysis 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. At Human Rights First, he previously served as a Senior Researcher and Policy Analyst for Refugee Protection and an Immigrant Justice Corps Justice Fellow on the Refugee Representation team.

Kennji clerked for the Honorable Rosemary S. Pooler on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He received a juris doctor degree, Order of the Coif, from the UC Berkeley School of Law, and 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.

January 13, 2022
Now nearly one year into President Biden’s term, his administration continues to implement and expand illegal and deadly Trump administration policies that prevent people from seeking asylum at U.S....
October 21, 2021
Nine months after taking office, President Biden’s administration continues to embrace and defend, rather than end, the Trump administration’s “Title 42” policy, which misuses public health authority...
October 07, 2021
WASHINGTON -- The Lowenstein Project at Yale Law School submitted today an emergency request for precautionary measures against the United States on behalf of asylum seekers who face grave dangers...
September 23, 2021
Records received by Human Rights First from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request show that the agency systematically and arbitrarily failed to...