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Rebecca Taylor

Associate Attorney

As an Associate Attorney in the New York office of Human Rights First, Rebecca Taylor provides pro bono legal representation to asylum seekers in both affirmative and defensive proceedings.  

Before joining Human Rights First, Rebecca was a student attorney with the USC Gould International Human Rights Clinic in Los Angeles, California. There, she conducted legal research for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and drafted UNHCR resettlement referral letters for Syrian refugees. Rebecca was also a member of the USC Gould Immigration Clinic, where she represented clients in obtaining various forms of immigration relief. In addition to her clinical work, Rebecca interned at Women’s Link Worldwide in Bogotá, Colombia, an international nonprofit organization that advances the rights of women and girls. As an intern, she assisted the legal team in international litigation and advocacy projects on sexual and reproductive rights, women in transitional justice, women migrants, and human trafficking. Rebecca also served as a legal intern at Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project in Los Angeles, where she prepared asylum cases for unaccompanied minors from Central America.  

Before attending law school, Rebecca resided in Bogotá, Colombia as a Fulbright scholar and in Buenos Aires, Argentina as a human rights intern at Grupo de Mujeres Argentinas. She received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Rebecca is admitted to practice law in New York and is fluent in Spanish. 

September 30, 2021
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