Elizabeth Frankel is the Associate Director of the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights at the University of Chicago. The Young Center promotes the best interests - the safety, permanency and well-being - of unaccompanied and separated immigrant, migrant, and refugee children in the United States.
Before joining the Young Center, Frankel practiced in the areas of immigration and litigation at Verrill Dana LLP, where she devoted substantial time to asylum and removal cases. Frankel also clerked for the Honorable Susan Calkins of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. During law school at NYU School of Law, Frankel participated in the Juvenile Criminal Defense Clinic, where she represented children in Manhattan Family Court. Prior to law school, Frankel spent two years teaching English and E.S.L. in the bilingual program at a public middle school in the South Bronx through Teach for America. Frankel received her BA from Middlebury College.