Jennifer Babaie

Jennifer Babaie is IRAP’s U.S.-Mexico Border Program Director, a part of the Legal Services Department. In this role she focuses on developing programming to facilitate the direct representation of asylum-seekers and other displaced people seeking admission into the U.S. along the U.S.-Mexico border. She also provides expertise and guidance to pro bono teams working on IRAP-referred cases and  supervises other staff in the Legal Services Department at IRAP. Jennifer was previously a supervising attorney at IRAP.

She previously worked for the Open Society Justice Initiative as a Litigation Fellow providing litigation support on cases before the European Court of Human Rights and the Committee Against Torture. She also served as a judicial clerk and attorney advisor for a U.S. immigration court in Washington State where she advised judges adjudicating asylum claims, claims under the Convention Against Torture, and on credibility issues. Before law school, she managed the volunteer program and resettlement case docket for the International Rescue Committee in San Jose, California.

During law school, Jennifer spent a year working with the U.N. International Law Commission developing research on states duties to prevent and prosecute crimes against humanity. She recently authored a chapter in A Practical Guide to Using International Human Rights and Criminal Law Procedures focused on how human rights defenders may engage with European human rights institutions. 

Jennifer received a J.D. and M.A. in International Law and Organizations from George Washington University and a B.S. from Santa Clara University magna cum laude. She speaks Greek and Assyrian, and is learning Spanish.

Jennifer is a member of the California bar.