Emilie Hyams is a consultant for Immigration Strategies, LLC, advising on immigration law and policy, and working to protect the rights of immigrants in and to the United States. Previously, Emilie was the counselor to the director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Emilie also served as counsel to Senator Dianne Feinstein on the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary in Washington, D.C., and to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in New York, specializing in immigration and homeland security matters. Prior to joining the public sector, Emilie was an associate attorney with the international immigration law firm, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, representing companies and individuals in U.S. immigration legal matters.
Her dedication to the immigration field began about two decades ago during an inspiring college internship, and her passion for assisting immigrants fulfill their potential was stoked as a child by learning of her own mother’s immigrant story. Emilie has a Juris Doctor from the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona, and a bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish literature from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Her involvement with UpGlo began as a mentor in New York City, and Emilie is currently a member of UpGlo’s DC Leadership Council.