Kathryn Shepherd

National Advocacy Counsel, Immigration Justice Campaign

Kathryn “Katie” Shepherd is the National Advocacy Counsel at the American Immigration Council, where she leads legal advocacy efforts for the Immigration Justice Campaign. She started at the Council as a legal fellow focused on advocacy on behalf of asylum-seeking women and children detained in family detention centers around the country. Before joining the Council in August 2016, Katie was the Managing Attorney of the CARA Pro Bono Project in Dilley, Texas, where she managed a team of lawyers, advocates, and volunteers providing legal services to asylum-seeking women and children detained in Dilley, Texas. For over ten years, Katie has worked to advance and protect the rights of individuals seeking humanitarian relief in the United States. Before her work with CARA, she ran a private practice in Houston, Texas where she focused exclusively on asylum cases. Katie holds a J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law and her B.A. in History with Special Honors from the University of Texas at Austin. She is licensed to practice law in Texas and New York and speaks conversational Spanish.

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May 9, 2017
Detained asylum seekers encounter numerous challenges, including the following problems detailed in this report.

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