Kennji Kizuka

Associate Director, Research & Analysis, Refugee Protection

As Associate Director of Research & Analysis for Refugee Protection, Kennji supports Human Rights First’s efforts to promote the protection of refugees, reform U.S. asylum law, policies and practices, and bring other U.S. immigration policies and practices into line with international refugee protection and human rights law standards. At Human Rights First, he previously served as a Senior Researcher and Policy Analyst for Refugee Protection and an Immigrant Justice Corps Justice Fellow on the Refugee Representation team.

 

Kennji clerked for the Honorable Rosemary S. Pooler on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He received a juris doctor degree, Order of the Coif, from the UC Berkeley School of Law, and holds a Master’s Degree in public affairs from the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He graduated magna cum laude from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

Recent Articles:

Government Records Shed Light on Illegal Expulsions of Asylum Seekers and Children Bringing the Fight for Refugee Rights to SCOTUS Pandemic as Pretext Meeting International Obligations to Welcome and Protect Refugees “Examining Title 42 and the Need to Restore Asylum at the Border” - Testimony of Kennji Kizuka A Sordid Scheme: The Trump Administration’s Illegal Return of Asylum Seekers to Mexico Delivered to Danger: Illegal Remain in Mexico Policy Imperils Asylum Seekers’ Lives and Denies Due Process Orders from Above: Massive Human Rights Abuses Under Trump Administration Return to Mexico Policy Human Rights Fiasco: The Trump Administration’s Dangerous Asylum Returns Continue A Year of Horrors: The Trump Administration’s Illegal Returns of Asylum Seekers to Danger in Mexico Fallas Fatales: El programa “Permanece en México” no debería ser reanudado The Trump Administration’s Migrant Persecution Protocols Is Guatemala Safe for Refugees and Asylum Seekers? Is Mexico Safe for Refugees and Asylum Seekers? Parsing Truth from Fiction in President Trump’s Latest Attempt to Restrict Asylum Asylum Seekers Barred at the Border Make the Choice to Survive The Refugee Blockade Turns Deadly CBP’s Credible Fear Figures are Out of Context and Inaccurate The End the Shutdown and Secure the Border Act Would Ban Asylum for Central American Children CBP’s Credible Fear Figures are Out of Context and Inaccurate Fatally Flawed: "Remain in Mexico" Policy Should Never Be Revived The Nightmare Continues: Title 42 Court Order Prolongs Human Rights Abuses, Extends Disorder at U.S. Borders Extending Title 42 Would Escalate Dangers, Exacerbate Disorder, and Magnify Discrimination A Shameful Record: Biden Administration’s Use of Trump Policies Endangers People Seeking Asylum “Illegal and Inhumane”: Biden Administration Continues Embrace of Trump Title 42 Policy as Attacks on People Seeking Refuge Mount Failure to Protect: Biden Administration Continues Illegal Trump Policy to Block and Expel Asylum Seekers to Danger