Melissa Keaney is a Senior Staff Attorney in IRAP’s Litigation Department. In this role, she works on 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, she was a staff attorney at the National Immigration Law Center for nearly a decade. Her practice has focused on protecting and refugees through impact litigation and advocacy, with a particular focus on issues related to law enforcement abuses.
Melissa is a graduate of Loyola Law School Los Angeles, where she was the Editor-in-Chief of the Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Review. She was awarded the Honorable Darlene R. Seligman Immigration Law Award for her work in the field of immigrant rights. Prior to law school Melissa worked for a Palestinian NGO, which brought her frequently to the Middle East where she developed a basic level of Arabic.
Melissa is a member of the California bar.