Claire Clayton

Legal Program Associate 

Prior to joining CGRS, Claire worked as a paralegal with the Immigrant Protection Unit of the New York Legal Assistance Group to provide free direct representation and legal advocacy to low-income clients seeking various forms of immigration relief. Accredited by the Department of Justice, she represented clients in affirmative immigration matters before the Department of Homeland Security. Claire also volunteered with the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project in Dilley, Texas, which provides free legal representation to women and children asylum seekers detained in a remote locked facility located far from established legal service providers. Previously, Claire worked with Safe Horizon, a non-profit organization based in New York City, to provide free legal guidance and support to survivors of domestic violence in Family Court. Claire received her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Psychology and Latin American Studies from Barnard College. She is fluent in Spanish.