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The work of immigration lawyers is wide-ranging, from assisting individuals, to representing businesses looking to protect their employees and prospective employees, and to working on immigration policies with global implications. Immigration attorneys often work at the forefront of issues involving asylum, refugees, and human trafficking, and national security concerns.

“I saw firsthand how the law could immediately change lives.” Manmeet Kaur Desai, Graduate, interned with the UN High Commissioner on Refugees

Graduate Profile: Manmeet Kaur Desai

Manmeet Kaur Desai, a former high school teacher, arrived at New England Law | Boston “wanting to effect change and do something with international human rights.” The path to achieving that became clear when she attended the law school’s summer program in Malta. Not only did she meet Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts, Jr., a guest lecturer in the program, she also studied refugee and asylum law and worked with refugees with the UN High Commissioner on Refugees in its Malta office.

“It was international human rights law with a different spin,” she says. “I worked with individuals who had left their countries, and I saw how the law and their human rights were tied together. To see that vulnerability and their reliance on the law, that’s what attracted me. I just knew I had to practice immigration law.”

After graduation, the Houston native accepted a legal associate position with a Boston-area, immigration law practice.

Director: Dina Francesca Haynes

Professor Dina Francesca Haynes, director of the Immigration Law Concentration, is a former director general of the Human Rights Department for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Bosnia-Herzegovina; protection officer for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees; and attorney with the US Department of Justice.

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