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Robyn Barnard

Senior Staff Attorney

Robyn Barnard is a Senior Staff Attorney in the Los Angeles office of Human Rights First. She provides support to volunteer lawyers from law firms in the Los Angeles area who represent asylum seekers at all levels of the immigration and court system. She also provides information and legal representation to asylum seekers in immigration detention. Prior to this role, Robyn was an attorney for several years in the New York office of Human Rights First.

Previously, Robyn was also staff attorney at the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies at the UC Hastings School of Law in San Francisco. As staff attorney, Robyn engaged in strategic litigation, policy advocacy, and research on behalf of refugees and asylum seekers as well as provision of technical assistance and training to attorneys representing asylum seekers across the country. Robyn worked as a CV Starr Law Lecturer at Peking University’s School of Transnational Law in China where she taught Chinese JD students in subjects such as International Refugee Law. Robyn is a graduate of the University of Melbourne Law School and is admitted in New York State. Robyn holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in International Studies and Development Studies from the University of Melbourne, Australia.  

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