Alison M. Griffith

Since 2014, Alison M. Griffith has represented hundreds of clients from Latin America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. As a Staff Attorney at The Advocates for Human Rights from 2016-2020, Alison trained hundreds of attorneys around the country on asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, and on best practices in successfully representing immigrant clients. She has served as chapter co-chair of the Asylum Committee for the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association since 2018. She has been invited to speak by bar associations, immigration professional groups, community groups and members of the press on topics related to immigration and immigrant rights. She has traveled throughout Minnesota and the Dakotas and collaborated with numerous partners to help immigrant communities gain tools to defend their legal rights. Alison attended college at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, where she worked with immigrant rights groups to advocate for comprehensive immigration reform and studied abroad in Santiago, Chile. Since then, she has continued to assist and advocate for immigrant clients, as a paralegal from 2009-2011, a law clerk from 2011 to 2014, and as an attorney since 2014. She is fluent in Spanish. 

Alison handles all types of immigration matters. She is skilled in navigating the complex bureaucracy of the immigration system and is a strong advocate for her clients. 

Education 

Juris Doctor, University of St. Thomas School of Law, 2014

Marquette University, Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and Spanish, 2007  

Licensed to Practice Law in Minnesota.

Languages

Spanish

Community Involvement 

American Immigration Lawyers Association MN and Dakotas Chapter, Co-chair of Asylum Committee,2018 to 2021

The Advocates for Human Rights, Volunteer Consulting Attorney

Selected Publications 

Co-Author, The Advocates for Human Rights guide on SIJS-based Adjustment, October 2020  

Co-Author, MN State Bar Association Deskbook on Asylum and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, 2020 

Co-Author, Gender-Based Asylum Claims in the Wake of Matter of A-B-: A Supplement for Practice in the 8th Circuit, last updated 2020 

Author, AILA ThinkImmigration Blog, Disturbing Lack of Transparency Implicates Government Data 

Reliability, November 2019