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Elizabeth Wood, Esq.

Legal Director

Elizabeth Wood is a Supervising Attorney of Continuum of Care (CoC) at Catholic Charities of New York's Unaccompanied Minors Program (UMP), where she manages the CoC program and supervises the representation of Unaccompanied Immigrant Children released from detention to the NYC community. Prior to her role as Supervising Attorney, Elizabeth worked as a Staff Attorney with UMP's Terra Firma team, where she defended unaccompanied children against removal while working in partnership with medical and mental health practitioners to ensure unaccompanied children receive holistic support. Prior to joining Terra Firma, Elizabeth spent over a year defending detained immigrant youth from deportation, primarily working with children detained at a Residential Treatment Center in New York. During law school, Elizabeth created public facing guides for refugee seekers completing a Request for Review, investigated land tenure security and traditional governance in rural South Africa, and interned for both Terra Firma and The Door: A Center for Alternatives. She has also worked on anti-human trafficking initiatives that concentrate on enhanced employment services for trafficking survivors. Elizabeth received her J.D. from Fordham Law School and B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, and is admitted to the New York Bar and the Southern District of New York.

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