Haiyun is an immigration attorney, educator and advocate. Haiyun received her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was a student director of Yale's asylum clinic. Haiyun now teaches Immigration Law and courses in public interest lawyering at the University of Washington School of Law, where she is the Assistant Director of the W.H. Gates Public Service Law Program. She was previously an attorney with Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) and has been a pro bono attorney with the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.
Haiyun has trained and mentored hundreds of pro bono attorneys in humanitarian immigration applications. She has particular experience in complex immigration matters serving those with the greatest need for access to counsel, including unaccompanied children, detained individuals and asylum seekers at the border who have been subjected to cruel and dangerous immigration policies such as Family Separation and Remain in Mexico. Haiyun's work has been reported in The New York Times, Reuters, The Intercept and other news outlets. Haiyun also consults on immigration law issues in entertainment and popular media, and has advised on shows including NBC's Superstore and Sunnyside and HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.
Haiyun began her career as an Associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. Haiyun serves on the Executive Committee of the Yale Law School Association and previously served on the Associate Leadership Board of Public Counsel, the nation's largest pro bono law firm. She is licensed to practice in Washington and New York and speaks Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.