Mariko Hirose

Mariko Hirose is the Litigation Director at IRAP. In this role, Mariko founded IRAP’s litigation department and manages its team of staff dedicated to bringing impact litigation in U.S. courts to advance and defend the rights of refugees, asylum seekers, and other people in need of humanitarian relocation. 

Prior to joining IRAP, Mariko litigated a broad range of individual and class-action civil rights cases at the New York Civil Liberties Union, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Outten & Golden LLP. She also taught as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law, where she co-led a clinic, and at the Fordham University School of Law. She clerked for the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. 

Mariko is a graduate of Stanford Law School and Yale University. Before law school, she served as a Yale-China Teaching Fellow. She speaks frequently about her work and has published essays, including Refugee Litigation in the Trump Era: Protecting Overseas Humanitarian Migrants in U.S. Courts, which appeared in the Stanford Law Review Online.

Mariko is a member of the New York bar.