Immigration Clinic Fellow


  • Office: 120 Tremont St.,
  • Suite: 150-B
  • Phone: 617-305-3213
  • Fax: 617-742-2139


Virginia Benzan currently directs Suffolk University Law School's Immigration Law Clinic. As the Immigration Clinic s supervising attorney since 2012, Virginia oversees the Immigration Clinic's representation of detained immigrants facing deportation as well as youths and other vulnerable immigrant populations seeking legal status. Prior to teaching, Virginia was a staff attorney with the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI), where she specialized in immigration law and policy. She advocated and lobbied state, federal, and local authorities for policies, laws, and rules that protect and enhance the legal rights of low income immigrants. For example, she was instrumental in several policy initiatives including the Redesignation of Temporary Protected Status for Haiti. After graduating from Northeastern University School of Law, she practiced privately, focusing primarily in criminal defense and immigration law. She also worked as a Congressional Aide for U.S. Representative Edward J. Markey (D-MA) after graduating from the College of the Holy Cross. She is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, US District Court of Massachusetts and the First Circuit Court of Appeals.


  • BA, College of the Holy Cross
  • JD, Northeastern University

Bar Admission

  • U.S.D.C. MA
  • First Circuit Court of Appeals MA

Professional Activities

Executive Board, Citizens for Juvenile Justice

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

Immigrants and Housing, in LEGAL TACTICS: FINDING PUBLIC AND SUBSIDIZED HOUSING (Massachusetts Law Reform, 3rd ed. 2014)