NYU School of Law Juris Doctorate, May 2011
Benjamin Locke is a social justice advocate with focuses on immigrant rights and on accountability for rights violations committed by transnational corporations. He is particularly interested in movement lawyering as a tool for social change.
Benjamin works as an immigration attorney working on deportation defense, criminal-immigration cases, and affirmative immigration benefits. He began his work in immigration during law school through the NYU Law Immigrant Rights Clinic. His proudest achievements in the Clinic include helping secure a green card for a would-be Dream Act beneficiary who spent eight years in deportation proceedings and helping to pressure Customs and Border Protection to reconsider its practice of patrolling trains and buses in Upstate New York.
Benjamin's other work has largely focused on promoting accountability by transnational corporations. He worked as a human rights investigator in Mexico with the Project on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and with the Project on Organizing, Development, Education and Research. During law school, he worked as a legal intern for the Western Shoshone Defense Project and the Center for Constitutional Rights.
Benjamin earned a Master of International Affairs from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, and a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from the University of Chicago. Prior to his work in human rights, Benjamin conducted infectious diseases research at Columbia University and worked on community health in indigent communities in Ecuador and in New York's Chinatown.