Brittney Nystrom is the Director for Advocacy at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service in Washington, D.C. LIRS advocates on behalf of refugees, unaccompanied children, immigrants in detention, and other vulnerable populations.
Brittney is a recognized expert on immigration and refugee issues and has testified before the United States House of Representatives and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. She also participates in the Board of Immigration Appeals Pro Bono Project as a volunteer case screener.
Previously, Brittney was the Director of Policy and Legal Affairs at the National Immigration Forum where her advocacy focused on due process concerns and overdue reforms to the immigration system. Earlier, she represented detained individuals facing deportation and advocated for humane detention conditions as the Legal Director at the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition (“CAIR Coalition”) and practiced in the litigation department with Fried Frank LLP.
Brittney is the lead LIRS campaign strategist to ensure that the organization achieves its overall objectives in its key advocacy priority areas. By shaping advocacy goals and assisting in coordinating and leading the development of a cross-departmental, cross-unit advocacy plan, Brittney works to influence U.S. policy to promote protections for refugees and migrants.
Brittney holds degrees from the University of Notre Dame and Northwestern University School of Law. She is admitted to the bar in D.C. and Illinois.