Carmen Maria Rey

Carmen Maria Rey is the U.S. Legal Services Director at IRAP. In this role, Carmen leads a team of attorneys and caseworkers that provide individual legal assistance to refugees and oversees the organization’s national pro bono network.

Carmen started her legal career in 2006 as an Equal Justice Works Fellow. Prior to joining IRAP, Carmen served as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Law at Brooklyn Law School, where she was the Co-Director of the Safe Harbor immigration clinic, and as the Director of the Immigration Intervention Project at Sanctuary for Families, where she led a legal unit specializing in representing survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking, and related forms of gender-based violence trying to obtain or defend their immigration status.

Carmen holds a B.A. in English from New York University and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School. She is fluent in Spanish, French, and Gallego, and is a respected authority on U.S. immigration law. Carmen has authored several articles and reports on U.S. immigration and, as an immigrant herself, likes to spend her free time volunteering to help other immigrants in the United States apply to become United States Citizens.

Carmen is a member of the New York bar.