Courtney Lee

Courtney (they/she pronouns) joined Vera in 2019 as a senior program associate with the SAFE Network, a national network dedicated to providing publicly funded legal representation for people facing deportation. Courtney’s experience as an advocate, community organizer, and lawyer informs their commitments in the immigrants’ rights movement. They previously served as a NYIFUP staff attorney at The Bronx Defenders, representing peopleincarcerated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and in deportation proceedings in New York. Prior to that, they supported migrant populations through their work at the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition, the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Outside of work, Courtney leads Sige!, a grassroots collective of LGBTQIA+ Filipinos based in New York City. Courtney holds a JD from Georgetown University Law Center and a BA from the University of Texas at Austin. They speak Spanish and are learning Tagalog.