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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.

July 08, 2021
In late June 2021, during a visit to El Paso, Vice President Kamala Harris affirmed that the Biden administration is “committed to ensuring that our immigration system is orderly and humane.” ...
July 08, 2021
NEW YORK -- With reports that the Biden administration may extend the use of the Title 42 policy to illegally block and expel single adult asylum seekers from the U.S. asylum system, a report by...
June 22, 2021
The Biden administration continues to expel and turn away asylum seekers to life-threatening dangers in Mexico without access to U.S. asylum protections guaranteed by domestic and international law,...
May 18, 2021
NEW YORK – Human Rights First and more than 50 faith-based, humanitarian, legal services, immigration, and human rights organizations and law school clinics today issued a letter to Secretary of...