Valerie Anne Zukin joined the Immigrant Legal Resource Center as a Special Projects Attorney in June 2020. Her work focuses on building capacity of organizations and practitioners to assist immigrants. Specifically, Valerie is coordinating implementation and training for the California Immigrant Justice Fellowship, the first California-sponsored legal fellowship program to expand access to counsel in the most underserved rural regions of the state. Valerie also conducts trainings on immigration law, contributes to ILRC publications, and provides legal expertise through the ILRC’s Attorney of the Day program.
Prior to joining the ILRC, Zukin served as the Legal Director the for the California Collaborative for Immigrant Justice (CCIJ), a regional collaborative for detained immigrant representation comprised of legal service providers providing pro bono detained representation in Northern and Central California. In this role, Zukin facilitated sharing best practices and strategy around litigation and advocacy, provided technical assistance and training, served as the lead coordinator for the AILA Mesa Verde Pro Bono Project for recent-arrival asylum seekers, and administered the pro bono Attorney of the Day Program for the detained dockets at the San Francisco Immigration Court. She previously practiced at Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale from 2011 to 2017, and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project from 2007 to 2011, where she represented clients in complex immigration matters before the immigration agencies and federal courts. Valerie received her B.A. from Haverford College and her J.D. from Tulane University Law School. Valerie is fluent in Spanish.