Kathleen Maloney is currently an asylum officer at USCIS. Previously, Maloney provided representation to thousands of abused and neglected children across New York. She began her career in 2004, with the Juvenile Rights Practice and joined the Youth Project at Legal Aid Society's Immigration Law Unit in 2011. In 2014, she was on the forefront of obtaining increased representation for unaccompanied children in immigration court.
Maloney represented immigrant children in federal courts, family courts, and administrative proceedings. She also advocated for her clients outside of court in areas that included housing, education and the provision of social services. Additionally, she advised clients on the intersection between criminal law and immigration law.
In addition to providing direct representation to children in immigration court who faced removal from the United States, she conducted outreach in immigrant communities. Maloney provided training for judges, pro bono lawyers, law students and city officials. In 2016, Maloney taught, at the invitation of Giovanni Moschella, for one month at the University of Messina in Italy.
After earning her B.A. from American University, Maloney received her J.D. from Wake Forest, where she was awarded the prestigious Deans' Leadership Award for the contributions she made to the law school and to the surrounding community. Maloney is also a certified child welfare law specialist.