Mitra Ebadolahi


Border Litigation Project Staff Attorney, ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties


Mitra Ebadolahi has been with the ACLU in New York and San Diego since 2011. As a Border Litigation Project Staff Attorney, she focuses on identifying, documenting, and litigating human and civil rights violations along the U.S.-Mexico border. Her practice thus lies at the intersection of immigrants’ rights, racial justice, and police practices. Previously, she worked as the inaugural Nadine Strossen Fellow at the ACLU’s National Security Project in New York, where her docket included cases relating to torture, surveillance, and racial and religious profiling.

Prior to joining the ACLU, she clerked for the Honorable Betty B. Fletcher, U.S. Circuit Judge for the 9th Circuit, and for the Honorable Margaret M. Morrow, U.S. District Judge for the Central District of California.

Ms. Ebadolahi holds degrees from NYU School of Law (LL.M., International Legal Studies, 2012; J.D., cum laude, 2008); the London School of Economics (MSc, Politics of the World Economy, with Distinction, 2004); and UCLA (B.A., International Development Studies & History, summa cum laude, 2002).

Current Courses:

Immigration Law & Policy

Prior Courses:

Refugee & Asylum Law, Race and the Criminal Justice System, Immigration Law & the Constitutional Rights of Non-Citizens, Constitutional Rights at the U.S. Border