Annie Chen

Annie Chen is the program director for the Safety and Fairness for Everyone (SAFE) Network at Vera’s Center on Immigration and Justice. Launched 2017, the SAFE Network is a diverse group of more than a dozen cities and counties across America dedicated to providing publicly-funded representation for people facing deportation. Annie works with jurisdictions, legal service providers, and advocates to advance universal representation for immigrants. Previously, she was the associate program director of the Unaccompanied Children Program and piloted the Remote Access Initiative (RAI) at Vera, working to increase access to counsel for unaccompanied children.

Prior to joining Vera in January 2013, Annie was in private practice where she dedicated herself to the pro bono representation of immigrants. She also worked at the Legal Aid Society’s Immigration Law Unit, where she represented immigrants in detention facing deportation. She holds a BA from Columbia College and a JD from Fordham Law School. Before law school, Annie worked at the Brennan Center for Justice. Annie also completed the Coro Immigrant Civic Leadership Program.