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Amy Benford

  • Hosted by Human Rights First
  • Sponsored by Disaster Recovery Legal Corps
  • Service location Houston, Texas
  • Law school University of Chicago Law School
  • Issue area Disaster Recovery, Immigrant Populations
  • Fellowship class year 2018
  • Program Disaster Recovery Legal Corps

The Project

Amy Benford is a 2018 Equal Justice Works Fellow serving in the Disaster Recovery Legal Corps (DRLC). .

Amy will provide free legal assistance to low income asylum seekers residing in the Greater Houston area who have been negatively impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Services include consultations, brief services, advice, and intake screening for representation at the Houston immigration court, as well as full representation before the local asylum office and immigration court in immigration law matters including but not limited to: affirmative and defensive asylum applications, motions to reopen, work authorization applications and renewals, stays of removal, and appeals. She will engage in both direct representation of asylum seekers and in training and mentoring of pro bono attorneys handling matters for impacted clients.

Prior to joining the DRLC, Amy served as an Associate focusing on executive compensation and benefits at the law firm of Vinson & Elkins LLP in Houston. She served in a similar role at the law firm of Cravath, Swaine, & Moore in New York City. While at Cravath, Amy took on a number of pro bono matters. She represented low-income clients in immigration and public benefits cases. She is proficient in Spanish and conversant in Portuguese. Amy is a 2011 graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and the Booth School of Business. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Rice University in Houston.

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