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Carmen Maria Rey

Visiting Assistant Professor of Clinical Law


J.D., Brooklyn Law School
B.A., New York University


Professor Rey’s expertise is in the areas of immigration law and advocacy for immigrant families, particularly survivors of gender-based violence. She joins the Safe Harbor Project—of which she is an alumna—after serving as Acting Director of the Immigration Intervention Project at Sanctuary for Families. There she helped to oversee the legal representation of thousands of immigrant survivors of gender-based violence and lead advocacy efforts to advance their interests. Prior to (re)joining Sanctuary for Families, where she started her legal career as an Equal Justice Works Fellow, she was Senior Immigration Attorney at Her Justice, a nonprofit focused on protecting the rights of low-income women.

As co-founder and Board Secretary of Voices in Action in America (VIAA), Professor Rey works to empower immigrant women to become advocates for improved immigration policies. She also serves as Co-Chair of the Media and Advocacy Committee of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, New York Chapter.

In addition, Professor Rey has taught immigration law and legal writing at Queens College, served as a long-term volunteer with The Immigrant Defense Project, which addresses the intersection of immigration and criminal law, and represented detained children facing removal at the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project. She is an active speaker and author on a variety of immigration-related legal matters, and regularly leads local, state, and national immigration-law-related trainings. In 2015, she was appointed to New York State’s Advisory Council on Immigration Issues in the Family Court.