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Robyn Barnard

Senior Advocacy Counsel, Refugee Protection

Robyn Barnard is Senior Advocacy Counsel for Refugee Protection with Human Rights First. She supports Human Rights First’s efforts to promote the protection of refugees at home and abroad and to bring other U.S. immigration policies and practices into line with international refugee protection and human rights law standards, with a particular focus on ending the use of immigration detention of refugees. She also supports Human Rights First’s Refugee Representation team in its efforts to provide pro bono representation to asylum seekers at all levels of the immigration system. Prior to this role, Robyn was Senior Staff Attorney within the Los Angeles office and an attorney in the New York office of Human Rights First.

Previously, Robyn was a staff attorney at the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies at the UC Hastings School of Law in San Francisco and a CV Starr Law Lecturer at Peking University’s School of Transnational Law in Shenzhen, China. Robyn is a graduate of the University of Melbourne Law School and is admitted in New York State. Robyn serves on the board of Aldea – the People’s Justice Center.

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