Michele Garnett McKenzie is the Director of Advocacy at The Advocates for Human Rights, responsible for policy advocacy and community and coalition engagement around The Advocates' priority issues. She received her J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School and her B.A. from Macalester College. Ms. McKenzie has worked extensively in the area of the rights of refugees and migrants. She joined the staff of The Advocates in 1999 as a staff attorney representing asylum seekers and immigration detainees and in 2003 became the Refugee and Immigrant Program Director managing the Asylum, Detention, and Walk-In Clinic Projects in addition to legal and policy advocacy relating to immigration. Prior to joining The Advocates, Ms. McKenzie was in private immigration practice in Saint Paul, Minnesota and served as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Executive Office for Immigration Review in Arizona and Nevada. She has been an adjunct clinical faculty member of William Mitchell College of Law and the University of Minnesota Law School. Ms. McKenzie serves on the national leadership teams of the Detention Watch Network and the Immigration Advocates Network and on the advisory committee of Sarah's...An Oasis for Women, a ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet housing women in transition. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and is admitted to practice in the State of Minnesota.
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