Our People

Safe Passage is a young organization with an entrepreneurial culture and deep appreciation for diverse backgrounds.

With the support of our pro bono attorneys, we are able to provide free lawyers to hundreds of immigrant children who would otherwise face the immigration process alone. Our pro bono attorneys come from the following law firms, organizations, and corporations.

African Services Committee
AIG
Amoachi and Johnson, PLLC
Archer Harvey & Smith, LLC
Baker & Hostetler LLP
Bank of America
Barclays
Barst Mukamal & Kleiner LLP
Bloomberg
BNY Mellon
Boghossian Law Office
Boies, Schiller & Flexner, LLP
BPA Law Group, PLLC
Bracewell, LLP
Brandes & Associates, LLC
Bronx Defenders
Brooklyn Defender Services
Brooklyn Legal Services
Catholic Charities
Catholic Migration Services
Chaffetz Lindsey LLP
Chang Liu Law Group
Chubb
City Bar Justice Center
Claudia Slovinsky and Associates PLLC
Columbia Law School
Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman
CUNY Citizenship Now
CUNY Law
Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle
Davidson Law Group PC
De Castro Foden, LLC.
DLA Piper
Emery Celli Brinckenhoff & Abady LLP
FEINER AND LAVY PC
Foley & Lardner LLP
FOOKSMAN LAW FIRM, P.C
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
FRIEDMAN & ANSPACH Gibney, Anthony & Flaherty, LLP
Glass Krakower LLP
Goldman Sachs
Guggenheim Partners LLC
Heiferman & Associates, PLLC
HIAS
Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP
Hofsta University Law Clinic
JP Morgan Chase & Co.
Kantor, Davidoff, Mandelker, Twomey, Gallanty & Kokhba, P.C.
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel
Lankler Siffert & Wohl LLP

Latham & Watkins
Law Firm of Damian Vargas
Law Firm of Evan Zucker
Law Office of Arturo S. Suarez
Law Office of Brynde Berkowitz, P.C.
Law Office of Craig Relles
Law Office of Deana Balahtsis
Law Office of Defferrire-Duffy
Law Office of Devorah F. Beck
Law Office of Laurence Borten
Law Office of Lenworth Williams
Law Office of Maria Marai
Law Office of Marjorie Smith
Law Office of Matthew L. Guadagno
Law Office of Rebecca McCarthy
Law Office of Sharon Press
Law Office of Sophia Solovyova
Law Office of Theodore Cox
Law Offices of Anne Donnelly Bush
Law Offices of Bryan Johnson-Xenitelis
Law Offices of David M. Pyun
Law Offices of Donna M. Nebel
Law Offices of Edith Diaz, Esq.
Law Offices of Gail M. Walton
Law Offices of Gerald Karikari
LAW OFFICES OF IAN L. BLANT
Law Offices of Janet L. Porro, Esq.
Law Offices of Jansen & Ressler
Law Offices of Leo Fraser
Law Offices of Linda Kenepaske, PLLC
Law Offices of Prashanthi Reddy, PLLC
Law Offices of Thomas Lavin
Lawyers Alliance for New York
Legal Aid Society
Legal Aid Society of Suffolk County
Legal Services of the Hudson Valley
Lehach Filippa, LLP
Lennox Hill Neighborhood House
Leopold & Associates, PLLC
Limberis Law Firm, PLLC
LinkLaters LLP
Manhattan Legal Services
Messner Reeves LLP
Meyers & Meyers, LLP
MFY Legal Services
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & Mccloy LLP
Morgan Stanley
MSCI Inc.
MSG Networks
Nair Group
Neighborhood Legal Services
Neighbors Link Community Law Practice

Neil H Greenberg & Associates, P.C.
NYC Health + Hospitals
Park Jensen Bennett LLP
Pepper Hamilton LLP
Piekoff Mahan Law Office
Pollack, Pollack, Isaac & DeCicco, LLP.
Raymond Schwartberg & Associates, PLCC
RCTOBINLAW, PLLC
ReedSmith
Rutgers Law School
Sanctuary for Families
Santos Tricoche Law Firm
Schneider Law Group
Schwartz Ehrens Immigration Law
Seligson Rothman & Rothman
Seward and Kissel LLP
Shearman & Sterling LLP
Skadden Arps
St. John's Law
Sugarman Law P.C.
Sullivan Cromwell
Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP
The Family Center
The Grotas Firm, P.C.
The Hebrew Immigrant Society
The Law Firm of Ramon M. Guerra
The Law Office of Sophie Raven
The Law Office of Sowmya Rao, PLLC
The Romero Firm, LLC
The Rosenstock Law Office, P.C.
The Safe Center LI
Thomson Reuters
Touro Law
Universal Calvary Church
Unlocal, Inc
Vinson & Elkins LLP
WAGNER BERKOW LLP
Walsh & Walsh, Attorneys at Law
Wells Fargo
Williams & Guerriera
Willis Towers Watson
WilmerHale, LLP
Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, LLP
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Wolfsdorf Immigration Law Group
Wong, Wong & Associates, PC
Yana Feldman & Associates, PLLC
Youth Represent
Zhang & Associates, P.C.
Zuckerman Spaeder, LLP

Our Founder

Lenni Benson

Director & Founder & Senior Advisor,
Policy and Research

Professor Lenni Benson is a nationally recognized expert in the fields of immigration law and political asylum. Before joining the New York Law School faculty in the early 1990s, Professor Benson represented numerous corporations and individuals as partner at the international firm, Bryan Cave, LLP.

Professor Benson has won widespread recognition and numerous awards; in 1999, the American Immigration Lawyers Association named her Outstanding Professor in Immigration Law based on her contributions to the professional and scholarly development of the field and her role as a mentor of students and young attorneys. She was honored in 2008, along with other members of the Safe Passage Project, and received the State Bar President’s Award for Pro Bono Law School Project. She recently co-authored the first interactive immigration law textbook, and has authored numerous oft-cited articles, as well as many training videos and other visual materials.

From 2011-2012 Professor Benson was a consultant to the Administrative Conference of the United States, and prepared an extensive analysis of and recommendations for improvements to the system of immigration removal and adjudication. She is an active participant in immigrant rights projects coordinated by the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), serves on the board of the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law Foundation, and is a trustee emeritus for the American Immigration Law Foundation. She has also served as Chair of the Immigration Committee of the Administrative Law Section of the American Bar Association and as Chair of the Immigration Section of the American Association of Law Schools.