As a Legal Director at CGRS, Blaine helps oversee strategic litigation, policy advocacy, and research on behalf of refugees and asylum seekers as well as provision of technical assistance and training to attorneys across the country. Blaine is part of the legal team representing Ms. A-B-, a Salvadoran woman at the heart of the current debate around whether our laws afford protection to women fleeing gender-based persecution. Blaine also teaches as an Adjunct Professor at UC Hastings. In addition, she Chairs of the Board of Directors for the international women’s rights organization MADRE and is a member of the Board of Directors for the human rights organization, the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti. Prior to joining CGRS, Blaine served as a law clerk to the Honorable Dolores K. Sloviter, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and as a fellow with the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux in Port au Prince. She is a graduate of Hastings, summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the International and Comparative Law Review and Judicial Extern at the Executive Office for Immigration Review. Before law school, she worked as an immigration paralegal for several years.
Blaine holds an undergraduate degree in Social Policy and Gender Studies from Northwestern University. Blaine speaks Spanish, Haitian Creole, and French.
The American Constitution Society recognized Blaine’s work on behalf of marginalized communities with the 2016 David Carliner Public Interest Award.