Jennifer Podkul is the Senior Program Officer for the Migrant Rights and Justice program at the Women’s Refugee Commission where she advocates for policies designed to protect women, children and families seeking protection in the United States. Prior to joining the Women’s Refugee Commission, Jennifer worked as an attorney providing representation to immigrant children in immigration and family court first as an Equal Justice Works Fellow at Ayuda in Washington, D.C. and later as a fellow with Kids in Need of Defense (KIND).
A national expert on issues affecting unaccompanied immigrant children, Jennifer teaches at Georgetown Law School and has published articles, handbooks, and reports on issues related to immigration policies in the United States. She appears frequently in national and local print and broadcast outlets, and presents regularly as an expert.
Jennifer served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras, holds a B.A. in American Studies and Spanish from Franklin and Marshall College and a J.D. with honors from the Washington College of Law, American University, where she was a Public Interest/Public Service Scholar.