Karen Berberich

Karen Berberich is the project and operations manager for Vera’s Advancing Universal Representation initiative, which seeks to establish a federal right to representation for all immigrants facing deportation. Karen has worked to expand access to counsel for immigrants since joining Vera in 2012, where she previously worked in both programmatic and research capacities to demonstrate the impact of legal representation in immigration court for clients, families, and communities. Karen has worked on a number of projects across Vera’s Center on Immigration and Justice, focusing primarily on the Unaccompanied Children Program, a national initiative to increase access to legal information and representation for unaccompanied children facing removal from the United States. She has also contributed to a number of research studies documenting the impact of legal counsel in immigration court, including an evaluation of the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP). Prior to Vera, Karen worked for the Aggression Research Program at the Institute for Social Research. Karen holds a MS in criminology from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from the University of Michigan.