Royce Bernstein Murray

Managing Director of Programs

Royce Bernstein Murray is the Managing Director of Programs at the American Immigration Council where she oversees the Council’s legal, policy, and media work. Prior to joining the Council, Royce served as the Director of Policy at the Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center where she worked on issues impacting the due process rights, detention, and treatment of vulnerable immigrants.  She previously worked as an immigration and human rights law consultant for organizations including the National Immigration Forum, Center for Global Development, and the World Bank’s Nordic Trust Fund.  Royce was also an adjunct professor at the David A. Clarke School of Law at the University of the District of Columbia. She began her career working for the federal government as a Presidential Management Fellow and Asylum Officer for the Immigration and Naturalization Service and later at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Office of the Chief Counsel. She was introduced to immigration and asylum issues as an intern for the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (now “Human Rights First”), the Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA, and Ayuda. She holds a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and a Bachelor of Arts with distinction in political science from the University of Michigan. She is a member of the New York Bar.

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May 9, 2017
Detained asylum seekers encounter numerous challenges, including the following problems detailed in this report.
May 26, 2011
The dramatic announcement on May 17, 2011 that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for another eighteen months to Haitians, including those who...
April 12, 2011
In its second year under the Obama Administration, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)—which is responsible for the nation’s three immigration agencies (USCIS, CBP, and ICE)—continues to...
March 2, 2010
The month of March marks the seventh anniversary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its immigration agencies. It also marks the end of a sweeping internal review ordered by Secretary...

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