Yael Ben Tov

Yael Ben Tov is an Equal Justice Works Fellow 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. Her fellowship project seeks to enforce refugees’ right to be safely reunited with their families through the follow-to-join process.

Yael graduated magna cum laude from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif and received the Telford Taylor Award for outstanding achievement in the fields of constitutional law and international human rights. She was a Notes Editor on the Cardozo Law Review and participated in the Kathryn O. Greenberg Immigration Justice Clinic, where her work focused on protecting immigrants’ right to access meaningful review in federal courts. She interned at the Rhode Island Public Defender office as an Appellate Clerk and at African Services Committee. Prior to law school, she was the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Program Fellow at Lawyers Without Borders.

Yael holds a B.A. in History from Yale University and an M.A. in Human Rights and Transitional Justice from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem Faculty of Law.