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Hanne Sandison

Groups: Staff
Programs: Refugee and Immigrant

Hanne is the Interim Program Director with The Advocates for Human Rights' Refugee & Immigrant Program. Hanne's work focuses on seeking justice for immigrants in ICE detention. In that capacity, she mentors and supports pro bono attorneys handling removal cases for detained immigrants while also handling a caseload of asylum and other detained removal cases.

Hanne spent her first 2 years as an IJC fellow in Newark, NJ, with the American Friends Service Committee where she represented immigrants in removal proceedings and was part of a universal representation pilot project that sought to guarantee representation for all detained immigrants in New Jersey. Prior to that, Hanne clerked for The Honorable Eldon Fallon in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she honed her writing skills and learned to love crawfish. 

Hanne graduated from Harvard Law School in 2016, where she participated in the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic (HIRC), the Harvard Crimmigration Clinic, and the Harvard Human Rights Clinic. She also served as the senior researcher for Professor Deborah Anker, founder, and director of HIRC. Her commitment to a career in immigration law began in January of 2015 when she traveled with HIRC to Texas to help prepare women and children detained in Karnes and Dilley family detention centers with their Credible Fear Interviews. Hanne spent her law school summers at The U.S. Attorney's Office in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and at Northwest Immigrant Rights Project in Tacoma, WA. Before law school, Hanne spent 2 years in New York City as a legal assistant and 1 year in Bangalore, India, as a legal intern with International Justice Mission. Hanne grew up in Bellevue, WA, and graduated from Bethel University in St. Paul, MN, in 2009. She is a member of the MN State Bar Association (MSBA) and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).