Caitlin Steinke is a human rights attorney with a deep commitment to universal human rights and the important role the law plays in safeguarding human dignity. She grew up in the Middle East, and her passion for human rights has always had an international focus.
Caitlin has experience working on legal and non-legal human rights issues in Morocco and Ghana, as well as through her work with Metropolitan Public Defender in Hillsboro, Oregon and Humanity in Action in New York City. During her time in law school, she worked with the Hofstra Law Asylum Clinic, where she was assigned to represent two LGBT asylum seekers whose difficult cases had been turned down by every other attorney and legal organization approached for representation. Caitlin successfully presented both cases in immigration proceedings, and both of her clients were granted asylum. In addition to providing a substantial amount of pro bono representation through the Law Firm of Tina Foster, Caitlin also volunteers as a staff attorney with the International Justice Network.
Caitlin graduated from Hofstra University School of Law cum laude, with a concentration in International Law. As a law student, she served as an editor for the Journal of International Business & Law, and was awarded Best Advocate and regional finalist in the 2011-2012 American Bar Association’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition. Caitlin was a recipient of the Charles H. Revson Law Students Public Interest (LSPIN) Fellowship and was awarded Hofstra Law's Pro Bono Service Award of Excellence. Prior to attending law school, Caitlin earned her B.A. in International Relations from Connecticut College, where she concentrated her studies on international human rights, and graduated magna cum laude.
Caitlin is admitted to the New York bar, and is registered to appear before the immigration courts and Board of Immigration Appeals. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York County Lawyers’ Association, and the Practicing Law Institute.
Protecting Iranian-Americans from Second-Class Citizenship Overseas, Huffington Post, Feb. 14, 2016
Ending the Terror Campaign Against Muslims, Huffington Post, Dec. 17, 2015
Male Asylum Applicants Who Fear Becoming the Victims of Honor Killings: The Case for Gender Equality, CUNY Law Review, Sept. 2014
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