Lena has been involved in immigrant rights work for ten years, focusing on enforcement and detention issues. Lena joined ILRC in 2013 as Special Projects Attorney to lead ILRC’s work on DACA services and trainings, as well as contribute to ILRC legal manuals and enforcement advocacy. Prior to joining the ILRC, Lena was a Soros Justice Fellow at the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, where she supported local campaigns against ICE detainers, provided training and education on the detention and deportation system, and litigated constitutional rights cases related to ICE enforcement. Previously at the National Immigration Forum, Lena worked with border communities to improve accountability for human rights abuses by Border Patrol, and contributed to national immigration policy advocacy and reform efforts. Lena graduated from Wesleyan University and George Washington University Law School, during which she worked on international human rights litigation in South Africa, co-managed a domestic violence email hotline, and aided local racial justice work with the Advancement Project and ONE DC. Lena is a proficient Spanish speaker, a tap dancer, and once she was an immigrant rights mime.
Special Projects Attorney