Julie Kornfeld is a Staff Attorney at IRAP in the Legal Services Department. In this role, Julie directly represents refugees and other persecuted individuals to help them navigate their legal pathways to safety. Julie also trains and mentors IRAP’s law firm and student attorneys to represent and advocate on behalf of refugees.
Before joining IRAP, Julie was a Program and Refugee Asylum Law Fellow at the Human Rights Watch, an extern at Lawyers for Human Rights in Johannesburg, South Africa, and a Dean’s Public Interest Fellow at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Caribbean Protection Unit. Julie has also represented human trafficking survivors through the University of Michigan Human Trafficking Clinic. Prior to her legal career, Julie worked for a development NGO in Kampala, addressing the needs of refugees and internally displaced persons throughout Uganda.
Julie holds a B.S. in Social Policy, Political Science, and Global Health from Northwestern University and received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. She is currently a visiting clinical lecturer in law at Yale Law School.
Julie is a member of the District of Columbia bar.