Marissa Ram is a Senior Staff Attorney in IRAP’s Legal Services Department. She assists individuals navigating refugee recognition, resettlement, and visa application processes though mentorship of pro bono teams and in-house representation.
Prior to joining IRAP, Marissa co-produced “Refugee RealTalk,” a podcast featuring conversations with refugees in Berlin, Germany. She was a 2013-2015 Equal Justice Works Fellow at the New York Legal Assistance Group’s LGBTQ Law Project and Safe Horizon Anti-Trafficking Program, where she represented LGBTQ youth and immigrants in a variety of civil legal matters, as well as employment, immigration, and family law cases.
Marissa is a graduate of the UC Berkeley School of Law. She represented asylum seekers and refugees in indefinite detention as a UC Human Rights Center Fellow with the New South Wales Council for Civil Liberties in Sydney, Australia. Before law school, she provided health education for homeless youth engaged in the sex trade in Mumbai, India. She earned her B.A. in Political Science with a Minor in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and conducted research on freedom of expression while in residence at Middle Eastern Technical University in Ankara, Turkey.
Marissa is a member of the New York bar.