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Alla Karagodin Holmes


Alla Karagodin Holmes is an attorney for the Florida State University Center for the Advancement of Human Rights. Ms. Holmes represents victims of crime, human trafficking victims, and unaccompanied minors in humanitarian immigration matters.

Prior to joining CAHR, Ms. Holmes worked as the Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney at Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) in Los Angeles, where she trained and mentored pro bono attorneys for unaccompanied immigrant children pursuing asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, T-visa, U visas and other immigration relief. Before KIND, Ms. Holmes worked at the Law Office of Carl Shusterman, handling claims such as asylum, cancellation of removal, hardship and fraud waivers and appeals.


Ms. Holmes spent three years as an intellectual property litigation associate at Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago, where she handled pro bono cases through the National Immigrant Justice Center. She represented vulnerable immigrant women and children and co-taught as a Clinical Fellow with the immigration and asylum clinic at the Northwestern University School of Law.


Ms. Holmes earned her J.D. from University of Michigan Law School and is licensed to practice law in Illinois. She was awarded the Bates Overseas Fellowship to work with the Protection Unit of the United Nations High Refugees Commissioner for in Budapest, Hungary, where she drafted and commented on European asylum laws. Ms. Holmes serves on the Executive Board for the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), the Service Provider Committee of the Big Bend Coalition Against Human Trafficking (BBCAHT), and the Bet Tzedek New Leadership Counsel.  Ms. Holmes emigrated from Russian as a child and speaks fluent Russian and Spanish.