Eleni Bakst, ESQ.

Staff Attorney

Prior to joining CAIR Coalition, Eleni was an Equal Justice Works Fellow at Human Rights First in New York, where she helped lead the organization’s impact litigation to protect access to asylum in the United States. These cases included Damus v. McAleenan and O.A. v. Trump, which challenge ICE’s denial of parole to asylum seekers and the Trump administration’s first asylum ban, respectively. She also conducted legal and policy research relating to healthcare and conditions in U.S. immigration detention and U.S. and regional asylum systems and published reports documenting these issues.

Eleni holds a Juris Doctor from Duke University School of Law and a Bachelor’s degree from American University. During law school, Eleni interned at the International Rescue Committee, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, and the Wake County Public Defender’s Office. She was also a student attorney in Duke’s International Human Rights Clinic.

Prior to law school, Eleni worked as an English as a Second Language instructor for adult immigrants at the Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights.

Eleni is admitted to practice law in New York.