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Rose Cahn

Criminal and Immigrant Justice Attorney

Immigrant and Legal Resource Center (ILRC)


Rose Cahn oversees the ILRC’s immigrant post-conviction relief work. With more than 15 years of experience working in the field of immigrant rights, with a special focus on the intersection of criminal and immigration law, Cahn is a frequent speaker and trainer on the subject and has co-authored several manuals including, California Post-Conviction Relief for Immigrants and Helping Immigrant Clients with Proposition 47 and Other Post-Conviction Legal Options: A Guide for Legal Service Providers. Cahn spearheads federal, state, and local advocacy efforts to advance the rights of immigrants with criminal convictions and assist providers in understanding how to better serve this population. Before joining the ILRC, Cahn was a senior Soros Justice Fellow at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, where she founded the nation’s first Immigrant Post-Conviction Relief Project. Prior to that, she litigated post-conviction relief cases at the Law Office of Norton Tooby and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Warren J. Ferguson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

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