SangYeob Kim, ACLU-NH Immigration Legal Fellow


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SangYeob Kim is a staff attorney specializing in immigration at the American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire. He has a JD from the University of Iowa College of Law and a BA in International Affairs from the George Washington University. His work focuses on individuals' statutory and constitutional rights in deportation proceedings.

A few examples of accomplishments are Hernandez Lara v. Barr, 962 F.3d 45 (1st Cir. 2020) (asylum seeker's statutory right to counsel), Hernandez Lara v. Lyons, 10 F.4th 19 (1st Cir. 2021) (constitutionality of placing a burden on asylum seekers at detention hearings), Adeyanju v. Garland, 27 F.4th 25 (1st Cir. 2022) (the scope of the immigration appellate agency's review of the immigration judge's factual findings), Barros v. Garland, 31 F.4th 51 (1st Cir. 2022) (declining to require a motion to reconsider to statutorily exhaust the administrative remedy that the BIA failed to apply the proper appellate review standard on an Immigration Judge's factual findings), Compere v. Nielsen, 358 F. Supp. 3d 170 (D.N.H. 2019) (lawfulness of premature deportation of a Convention Against Torture applicant), and Gomes v. US DHS, 460 F. Supp. 3d 132 (D.N.H. 2020) (constitutionality of immigration detention conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic; the class action team was awarded the NHAJ Granite State Advocate Award).

SangYeob has also written an article on the Convention Against Torture: Non-State Actors 'Under Color of Law:' Closing a Gap in Protection Under the CAT, which has been published in Harvard Human Rights Journal (Vol. 35, Spring 2022) (

SangYeob is a native Korean speaker and has obtained the DALF (Diplôme approfondi de langue française) C1 French language diploma.