Serena Kumalmaz is a Paralegal in IRAP’s litigation department. In this role, she supports 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 working at IRAP, she interned with the Urban Justice Center’s Safety Net Project, where she worked on housing law, immigration issues, and rights to food and cash assistance in New York City.
Serena graduated from Columbia University with a B.S. in Environmental Engineering and a minor in Middle East, South Asian, and African Studies. During college, she participated in and led community organizing efforts around various issues, such as equitable mental healthcare access, mass incarceration, and advocacy for Palestine. She was a 2018 recipient of the OMA Graduation Cord for her efforts in promoting justice and exploring diversity issues. For her thesis, she designed a wastewater recycling and distribution system to provide affordable, clean water for the population of Puerto Rico internally displaced by Hurricane Maria, a major confluence of her engineering training and her passion for social justice. Serena speaks Arabic.