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Seth Purcell​​​​​​​

Seth Purcell, Esq. is the Interim Legal Director (formerly senior staff attorney) at PAIR. Seth specializes in asylum matters and manages the Asylum Intake Initiative at PAIR. He is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law. Seth earned a Master’s Degree in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Tufts University. Prior to law school, Seth spent several years living and working overseas, mainly in West and East Africa. He began as a volunteer for the Peace Corps in Niger and has since worked on development projects in places such as Burkina Faso, Mali, Uganda, South Sudan, and Fiji. Seth served as a legal intern at PAIR, as a law clerk at Joyce & Associates, and as a fellow at Physicians for Human Rights in Boston. Seth is conversant in French. He joined PAIR in 2015.


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Selected Works

Anita P. SharmaExecutive Director/Senior Attorney

Amy MercureBookkeeper

Elena NoureddineInterim Executive Director

Yanzie ChowInterim Operations Director

Elizabeth BadgerSenior Asylum Attorney

Seth PurcellInterim Legal Director

Melanie GleasonPro Bono Involvement Coordinator

Marianne StaniunasAsylum Attorney

Sarah AllarAsylum Attorney

Heather P. ArroyoDetention Attorney

Irene FreidelDetention Attorney

Juan BedoyaSkadden Fellow

Julia CiachurskiLegal Fellow/Community Engagement

Gabriella ChavezParalegal

Angela Arzu CadetPrograms Associate

Connor Finegan VasuIntake Coordinator/Cummings Fellow

Daniela HargusDetention Paralegal

Luke MorrellAdministrative Associate

Anghie Guevara ReyesIntake Assistant