Natalie Nanasi

Practitioner-in-Residence, Director of the Domestic Violence Clinic

Office: Room 438
Phone: 202-274-4303
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Natalie Nanasi is a Practitioner-in-Residence and the Director of the Domestic Violence Clinic, where she supervises students’ representation of survivors of intimate partner violence in civil protection order cases and immigration matters. Prior to joining the faculty at WCL, Professor Nanasi was the Senior Immigration Attorney and Pro Bono Coordinator at the Tahirih Justice Center, where she represented immigrant women and girls fleeing human rights abuses such as female genital mutilation, domestic violence, forced marriage, honor crimes and sexual violence. She also served as an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the Tahirih Justice Center from 2007-2009, focusing on implementation of the newly released U visa, and as counsel in the landmark asylum case of Matter of A-T-. Prior to her work at Tahirih, Professor Nanasi was a law clerk to the Honorable Lynn Leibovitz of the District of Columbia Superior Court. Professor Nanasi received her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, where she earned an Equal Justice Foundation fellowship for her work at the South Asia Human Rights Documentation Center in New Delhi, India and assisted in representation of HIV-positive immigrants at Whitman Walker Clinic Legal Services. Prior to her legal career, Professor Nanasi was a rape crisis counselor and worked with single teenage mothers at a transitional residence facility in Boston.

Areas of Specialization

  • Clinical Legal Education
  • Domestic Violence
  • Immigration Law

Degrees & Universities

  • B.A., Brandeis University 2000 (with high honors)
  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center

  • Selected Publications

    • Natalie Nanasi, An “I Do” I Choose: How the Fight for Marriage Access Supports a Per Se Finding of Persecution for Asylum Cases Based on Forced Marriage, __ Colum. J. Gender & L. __ (forthcoming July 2014).
    • Natalie Nanasi, Lessons from Matter of A-T-: Guidance for Practitioners Litigating Asylum Cases Involving a Spectrum of Gender-Based Harms, from Female Genital Mutilation to Forced Marriage and Beyond, 12, 2 Immig. Briefings 1 (Feb. 2012).
    • Natalie Nanasi, The U Visa: An Effective Resource for Law Enforcement, FBI L. Enforcement Bull. (Oct. 2009).
    • Natalie Nanasi, New Help for Immigrant Victims of Sexual Assault, Sexual Assault Rep. (Feb./Mar. 2009) (reprinted in Fam. & Intimate Partner Q., Winter 2011).