Kyra Lilien

Kyra S. Lilien is a Staff Attorney at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, where she analyzes immigration-related petitions for review. Previously, Kyra was an Asylum Officer at the USCIS Asylum Office in San Francisco where she adjudicated asylum applications and trained new asylum officers. Kyra practiced immigration law for several years before joining the Asylum Office, most recently at Centro Legal de la Raza in Oakland, where she served as Immigration Program Director, representing detained and non-detained individuals in removal proceedings, as well as family-based applications and U visas and VAWA cases. Kyra has also worked on human rights and refugee issues in Sierra Leone, Albania, and Mexico. During and after law school, Kyra worked with the UC Berkeley War Crimes Studies Center and with the UC Berkeley Human Rights Center to examine processes for witness and victim protection at the International Criminal Court in the Hague and the Special Court for Sierra Leone in Freetown.


B.A., Smith College (1996)
J.D., UC Berkeley School of Law (2006)