Delana Tavakol joined the ACLU of Mississippi in May 2020 as a Legal Intern before being hired as our SMART Justice Advocate. In this role, she focuses on implementing a campaign to limit state and local cooperation with ICE through grassroots organizing and policy advocacy. Prior to joining the ACLU, Delana advocated for immigrant and refugee rights with organizations in the United States and abroad including the United African Organization and the Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights in Chicago, the International Refugee Assistance Project in New York, and the Khora Community Centre in Greece. Before settling in Mississippi, she also served as a law clerk with the Orleans Public Defenders in Louisiana.
Delana obtained her B.A. from the University of Chicago in 2017 and graduated in December with her J.D. and B.C.L. from McGill University Faculty of Law, where she has been a Managing Editor with the McGill Journal of Sustainable Development Law and a regular volunteer with legal clinics and community centers around the city. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the banjo and spending time with her pets.
Immigrants' Rights Advocate
ACLU of Mississippi
P.O. Box 2242
Jackson, MS 39225-2242