Adina Appelbaum, Esq.
Program Director, Immigration Impact Lab
Adina founded and helps lead the Immigration Impact Lab, CAIR Coalition's newest initiative and first-ever concerted appellate impact litigation project.
From 2015-2017, Adina was an Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by the Arnold & Porter Foundation at CAIR Coalition, where she created and led the Crim-Imm Pro Bono Project to expand access to counsel trained in the intersection of criminal and immigration law and impact litigation to defend detained immigrants facing deportation due to convictions. For this Project, Forbes highlighted her in its 30 under 30 Law and Policy list.
Prior to CAIR Coalition, Adina represented clients in both the immigration and criminal systems at Georgetown Law's Center for Applied Legal Studies Asylum Clinic and Juvenile Justice Clinic. She has interned at the Arlington Immigration Court, CAIR Coalition, the Maryland Office of the Public Defender (OPD) Immigration Program, the American Bar Association Commission on Immigration South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and Asylum Access Ecuador.
Prior to law school, Adina was a Fulbright Scholar in Cairo, Egypt, where she provided legal aid to refugees fleeing persecution from across Africa and the Middle East. Adina graduated from Georgetown Law with joint Juris Doctor and Master of Public Policy degrees, a Certificate in Refugee & Humanitarian Emergencies, and as a Public Interest Law Scholar and Global Law Scholar. She holds a B.A. from Washington College in St. Louis in Urban Studies and International Area Studies, and she is admitted to practice law in Virginia, the District of Columbia, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.