Lena Graber

Boston, MA

National Immigration Project

Graber will work to reduce the government’s abuse of immigration “detainers”—a tool used to maintain custody of potentially deportable individuals in local jails or prisons nationwide. Detainers have become the primary mechanism for the government to apprehend immigrants who come into contact with the criminal justice system, whether or not they are charged with a crime.

As a policy associate at the National Immigration Forum in Washington, D.C., Graber led the group’s border policy work and engaged policymakers on the issue of enforcement of immigration law by state and local law enforcement. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University and George Washington University Law School. While in law school, she clerked and interned at a variety of organizations, including the Legal Resources Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa; Holland and Knight; and the Advancement Project. Graber previously sat on the board of One DC, and has volunteered with the CAIR Coalition, the DC Employment Justice Center, and DC Jobs with Justice, among other organizations.