Jackie Kelley is Senior Immigration Attorney in the Immigration Legal Services program of Rian Immigrant Center, where she represents immigrants and refugees from around the world in a variety of humanitarian and family immigration matters. From 2016-2018, Jackie held a prestigious Equal Justice Works fellowship to expand Rian’s capacity to provide comprehensive representation to immigrant domestic violence survivors. Currently she facilitates Rian’s medical-legal partnership with Boston Medical Center, providing critical immigration legal services to hospital patients. She is a graduate of Georgetown University’s Faculty of Language and Linguistics and of Northeastern University School of Law, where she was a Public Interest Law Scholar and was named a Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy Fellow to assist asylum seekers and unaccompanied minors at the U.S.-Mexico border. Prior to law school, Jackie worked for six years at Ayuda, a nationally-recognized leader in legal aid for immigrants, asylum-seekers and domestic violence survivors, where she helped hundreds of low-income immigrants navigate complex immigration laws. In her close work with immigrant communities, Jackie has developed a passion for trauma-informed and culturally-competent legal aid, and for using the law as a tool for personal empowerment.
Senior Immigration Attorney, Manager of Medical-Legal Partnerships