How an Army of Women Lawyers Formed to Protect Immigrants in the Trump Era

This weekend marks 12 months since the first Trump travel ban, an executive order that incited nationwide protests, spurred lawsuits, and drove hundreds of immigration attorneys to set up shop in airport terminals from New York to Los Angeles.

Feature (New York)

Mattie Kahn
Elle Magazine
January 26, 2018

Tags: Immigration Process

Organizations mentioned/involved: American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Legal Aid Society (New York City)


Despite the fact that women make up just a third of the profession and a fifth of firm partners, the numbers at the protests were inverted, with estimates suggesting that as many as 70 percent of the volunteers were women. Jennifer Minear, national treasurer of the American Immigration Lawyers Association backed up those anecdotes with evidence, telling Quartz that “[b]ased on all the data that we do have it does seem that women dominate the profession,” especially in the areas of the field “where the people involved are the most vulnerable: deportation, removal, asylum, humanitarian-based, unaccompanied minors.”