Erin Foley Smith
Project Attorney, Human Rights in the U.S. Project
Erin Foley Smith is a Project Attorney with the Human Rights in the U.S. Project at the Human Rights Institute. She focuses on how U.S. advocates can use human rights norms and frameworks to advance domestic social justice advocacy on a range of issues, including juvenile life without parole, access to justice, and immigration.
Prior to her current role, Ms. Smith served as a Revenue Watch Institute Fellow with the Human Rights Institute, researching the implementation and enforcement of extractive sector contracts, with a focus on ensuring that natural resource revenues are appropriately collected and disbursed, that communities benefit from their countries’ resource wealth, and that potential harms from extractive projects are addressed. Her research was published through the Revenue Watch Institute in Enforcing the Rules: Government and Citizen Oversight of Mining. Ms. Smith also served as a volunteer attorney at African Services Committee, assisting victims of gender-based violence with immigration petitions in the United States, including for asylum and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.
Ms. Smith received her J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2010, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and an Articles Editor for the Columbia Law Review. She clerked for the Honorable Thomas P. Griesa in the Southern District of New York. She holds a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, magna cum laude.