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Rebecca Gendelman

Pennoyer Fellow/Associate Attorney, Refugee Protection

As Pennoyer Fellow/Associate Attorney with Refugee Protection, Rebecca supports Human Rights First’s efforts to promote the protection of refugees and reform the U.S. asylum system.

Rebecca received a Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School in 2019. In law school, Rebecca was a student director of the Immigration Legal Services Clinic, where she represented asylum seekers and green card applicants. She was also a research coordinator for the Immigration Policy Tracking Project, which catalogues every immigration policy from January 2017 to January 2021. During law school, Rebecca interned at the Capital Area Immigrants’  Rights Coalition and the Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Appeals Bureau. 

Rebecca graduated Cum Laude from Williams College, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with honors. 

October 01, 2021
On August 20, 2021, the Biden administration published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on asylum processes that would eliminate the life-saving protection of asylum office requests for...
September 30, 2021
The one-year-filing deadline bar on asylum claims is a refugee ban. Enacted into law in 1996, the filing deadline bans asylum for any individual who did not apply for protection within one year of...
September 30, 2021
NEW YORK – Human Rights First today released a new report documenting the harms that the one-year filing deadline ban has inflicted on tens of thousands of refugees for decades, including deportation...
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...