Sabrina Balgamwalla

Sabrina Balgamwalla

Assistant Professor (Clinical); Director of the Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic

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Curriculum Vitae

Sabrina Balgamwalla


Sabrina Balgamwalla is an assistant (clinical) professor and the director of the Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic. Balgamwalla joined Wayne Law's faculty in 2017, following three years of teaching at the University of North Dakota School of Law, where she supervised the Immigrant Rights section of the Law Clinic, and three years as a fellow with the University of Baltimore School of Law Immigrant Rights Clinic. Prior to entering academia, she was a nonprofit immigration and domestic violence attorney in Washington, DC.

Balgamwalla’s international experience includes a Fulbright grant to Jordan, where she studied gender mainstreaming practices in labor programs. In summer 2014, she traveled to Mindanao as a legal expert with the International Senior Lawyers Project and the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines to advise developing legal aid programs based at law schools in the region. Her scholarly research examines intersections of gender, race, and citizenship in immigration and labor policy and enforcement.

Degrees and Certifications

B.A., Bryn Mawr College
J.D., American University Washington College of Law

Selected Publications

Trafficking Rescue Initiatives as State Violence, 122 Penn. St. L. Rev. 171 (2017)

Trafficking in Narratives: Conceptualizing and Recasting Victims, Offenders, and Rescuers in the War on Human Trafficking, 94 Denver U. L.R. 1 (2016)

Jobs Looking for People, People Looking for Their Rights: Protecting Immigrant Workers in North Dakota, 91 N.D. L. Rev. 483 (2015)

Bride and Prejudice: How U.S. Immigration Law Discriminates Against Spousal Visa Holders, 29 Berkeley Journal of Gender L. & Just. 25 (2014), reprinted in Women and the Law (Thomson Reuters 2014)


  • Sabrina Balgamwalla

    co-lead a breakout session with Rachel Settlage about “Teaching During Divisive Times” at the Immigration Law Scholars and Teachers Workshop 2018 at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

In the news

  • Sabrina Balgamwalla

    was featured in the Detroit Legal News for its report, "Wayne Law Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic welcomes new director."

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