We are excited to highlight Dennise Moreno, one of our newest staff attorneys in ASAP’s Legal Emergency Department. Dennise joined ASAP as an Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. She recently moved back to Chicago, where she grew up with her two sisters and her mother and father who emigrated from Mexico.
“My parents were undocumented for a long time, and their experience gave me just a small view of the struggles many immigrants face in this country,” said Dennise. “The situation has only grown more dire as the current administration continues to wage a war against asylum-seeking families who have left everything behind in search of safety. I am committed to working with these families to protect their rights.”
Dennise also credits her parents with instilling in her a commitment to public interest work more broadly. In college, she worked as a case manager with No Closed Doors, where she provided clients who were experiencing homelessness assistance with securing jobs, housing, and public benefits. Dennise also volunteered at HAVEN Free Clinic, where she connected undocumented New Haven residents with community resources. She continued her work with HAVEN in law school, eventually co-coordinating the Medical Legal Partnership there. As a law student, Dennise advocated for individuals who received decades-long prison sentences as juveniles through the Criminal Justice Clinic, represented clients in criminal appeals at the Center for Appellate Litigation, and defended Bronx residents in criminal and immigration proceedings with the Bronx Defenders. After law school, Dennise clerked for the Honorable Nelson S. Roman in the Southern District of New York and then for the Honorable Pamela Harris on the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
“At a time when the asylum landscape continues to change,” Dennise added, “I am grateful for the opportunity to work with the innovative, adaptable, and passionate team at ASAP to confront any new challenges.”
To learn more about Dennise and the rest of our team at the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP), visit our staff page.