Joanna Gaughan, Staff Attorney, Immigrant & Refugees Rights Project
Staff Attorney, Immigrant & Refugees Rights Project
Joanna joined the Justice Center in 2013. Previously, Joanna worked in the Immigration Unit of the Staff Attorney’s Office at the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, where she analyzed petitions for review involving asylum and other forms of immigration relief, and at Kids In Need of Defense (KIND), where she worked with immigrant children facing removal proceedings and mentored pro bono attorneys. During law school, Joanna interned at the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, the Asylum Program of Arizona, the Tucson Immigration Court, and the Pima County Public Defender. Prior to law school, Joanna was a public school teacher in Brooklyn, New York for three years. Joanna received her J.D. from the University of Arizona, her M.A. in Education from Cambridge College, and her B.S. from Cornell University.