Kursten Phelps

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Kursten Phelps is the Director of Legal Programs and Operations working with the American Bar Association’s Commission on Immigration in Washington, D.C. In her role, she supports the direction of legal programming and operations at Commission projects providing direct services at the border in the San Diego and in the Texas Rio Grande Valley, and to the Commission’s Houston-based Children’s Immigration Law Academy. Previously, she worked at the Tahirih Justice Center, serving as a staff attorney, managing attorney, and ultimately as co-director of client advocacy. At Tahirih, she supported the organization’s five offices in delivering high quality and efficient interdisciplinary legal services to immigrant survivors of gender-based violence, including asylum, VAWA self-petitions, SIJS petitions, T visas and U visas. Previously, she was the Immigration Project attorney at the Kansas Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, where she directly represented immigrant survivors, mentored pro bono attorneys, and provided training and technical assistance to professionals interacting with immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.