Teresa Woods

Associate Director, Refugee Representation Project


B.A. 1997, State University of New York, Purchase College
J.D. 2002, St. John’s University School of Law

Areas of Expertise

International Human Rights


Teresa Woods joined the Human Rights and Genocide Clinic in 2011 where she supervises the asylum case work of the clinic’s students. She has worked in legal services and nonprofit program management both internationally and domestically. As former senior program associate at the Vera Institute of Justice, she managed an innovative nationwide program to inform immigrant detainees about their rights, immigration court, and the detention process. In this role, she oversaw the work of 19 legal services organizations at 25 detention centers across the country.


Woods has worked on issues of forced migration and refugee protection including the areas of nationality and statelessness, refugee status determinations, and durable solutions with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in East Africa, South East Asia, South Asia, and Latin America. After graduating from law school, she was awarded a CLINIC Fellowship to represent detained asylum seekers in Elizabeth, New Jersey.