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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.  

Featured Work

April 08, 2019
Los Angeles—Following today’s preliminary injunction that temporarily blocks the Trump Administration’s Remain in Mexico policy, Human Rights First’s Robyn Barnard, who represents two refugees...
March 22, 2019
San Diego—Yesterday two Human Rights First clients were inexplicably returned to Mexico after their initial immigration court hearings under the Trump...
February 26, 2019
Los Angeles, California—Human Rights First today praised release of a California Department of Justice (DOJ) report on immigration detention facilities in the state as an important step in...
January 15, 2019
Los Angeles—Human Rights First today released a new report analyzing the mental, physical, and legal impacts of massive overuse of immigration detention in California. Prisons and Punishment:...