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Affiliated Staff and Faculty

Jessica Chicco
Supervising Attorney

Jessica Chicco has been working with the Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Boston College since 2010.  From 2010-2015 she served as the Human Rights Fellow and Supervising Attorney of the Post-Deportation Human Rights Project, where she focused her work on advocacy and representation of deported individuals as well as various interdisciplinary collaborations with community-based immigrant organizations in the greater Boston area and a pilot project on migration and human rights in Zacualpa, Guatemala.  She is currently a Human Rights Fellow at the Center concentrating her work on gathering research and scholarship from around the world on deportation and what happens to individuals following deportation.

Prior to joining the Center in 2010, Ms. Chicco was an associate attorney at Human Rights First where she worked with the Refugee Protection Program.  In this capacity, she interviewed asylum seekers and provided legal rights presentation to detained immigrants. She also co-authored a report on the detention of asylum seekers and visited a number of immigration detention centers throughout the United States. 

Ms. Chicco has a B.S. from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.

Prof. Daniel Kanstroom
Boston College Law School

Daniel Kanstroom is Professor of Law, the Director of the International Human Rights Program, and a Co-Director of the Boston College Center for Human Rights and International Justice. He teaches Immigration and Refugee Law, International Human Rights Law, Administrative Law, and the International Human Rights Semester in Practice. He has been a visiting professor at Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale (Boulogne sur Mer). He has published widely in the fields of U.S. immigration law, criminal law, and European citizenship and asylum law in such venues as the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Journal of International Law, the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, and the French Gazette du Palais. His most recent book, Aftermath: Deportation Law and the New American Diaspora, was published in 2012 by Oxford University Press.

Professor Kanstroom is the founder and director of the Boston College Immigration and Asylum Clinic, in which students represent indigent non-citizens and asylum-seekers. He is also on the Board of the Directors of the PAIR Project, and was rapporteur for the American Branch of the Refugee Law Section of the International Law Association. He has extensive experience litigating immigration and asylum cases at every level of the U.S. legal system. Professor Kanstroom completed his B.A. at State University of New York at Binghamton, his J.D. at Northeastern University, and his LL.M. at Harvard University.

Aimee Mayer-Salins
Affiliated Attorney
Post-Deportation Human Rights Project

Ms. Aimee Mayer-Salins, an attorney in private practice, joined PDHRP from July 2015 through June 2016, after serving as a Judicial Law Clerk at the Board of Immigration Appeals, a position which she obtained through the Attorney General's Honors Program. Prior to her clerkship at the Board of Immigration Appeals, Ms. Mayer-Salins was a student attorney at the Immigrant Justice Clinic at American University, Washington College of Law. In that position, she represented clients seeking relief before USCIS and the immigration courts, conducted immigration intake interviews at detention facilities housing ICE detainees, and wrote and presented a report to the UN Committee on Migrant Workers. During law school, Ms. Mayer-Salins interned at the Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the Department of Homeland Security, the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Ayuda. She also volunteered at the Capital Area Immigrant Rights (CAIR) Coalition and the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN). 

Ms. Mayer-Salins has a B.A. in psychology and a B.A. in government and politics from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law.