Our Stories: Breanne Palmer, Board Member

Breanne began volunteering with Esperanza in 2020 as a new member of its Board of Directors. Breanne is first-generation Jamaican American, and has focused in recent years on amplifying the voices of Black immigrants.

Breanne is an attorney in Washington, DC.  Upon graduating from law school, she clerked for two years at the Arlington Immigration Court through the Department of Justice Attorney General’s Honors Program, assisting immigration judges in rendering decisions relating to asylum and other forms of immigration relief.  Following her clerkship, Breanne joined the law firm of Paul, Weiss LLP as a Litigation Associate, where she focused on internal investigations and anti-corruption counseling.  At Paul, Weiss, Breanne maintained an active immigration pro bono practice, serving clients seeking asylum, assisting in nationwide family separation reunification efforts, and contesting the unjust detention of immigrants before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Breanne is currently the inaugural Policy and Community Advocacy Counsel for the UndocuBlack Network.

Breanne has written extensively about the Black immigrant experience, highlighting the important and ongoing work of undocumented Black organizers and scholars.  She has been published frequently online and in print, including in publications such as the Georgetown Journal of Law & Modern Critical Race Perspectives, the Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy, Collectively Unbossed, and Relevant Magazine.

Breanne was raised in Broward County, Florida.  She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with a minor in African-American Studies from the University of Florida, and a Juris Doctor Degree from the Georgetown University Law Center with a certificate in Refugee and Humanitarian Crises.