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Dree K. Collopy is a partner of Benach Collopy LLP.  As an experienced advocate, Dree devotes her practice to defending and representing individuals in removal proceedings, asylum matters, federal court litigation, VAWA and U visa petitions, waivers of inadmissibility, family and employment-based visa petitions, and complex adjustment of status and naturalization applications.  She develops thorough and creative legal strategies, provides impeccable and compassionate client service, and is steadfast in fighting for her clients’ rights.  Dree’s genuine passion and dedication to her work stems from her deep respect and appreciation for those who dare to dream the American dream.

In 2014, Dree was awarded one of the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s highest honors, the Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award for her outstanding contributions made in the field of immigration and nationality law.

Dree has authored several articles and frequently lectures on cutting edge immigration issues.  A recognized asylum expert, Dree serves as Chair of the AILA National Asylum and Refugee Liaison Committee and is the author of the forthcoming edition of AILA’s Asylum Primer, the “go-to” manual for practical, interpretive guidance on the entire asylum process.  In her capacity as Chair of the AILA National Asylum and Refugee Liaison Committee, Dree builds relationships and works cooperatively with government officials to maintain the integrity of our immigration system, ensure that our laws are implemented with accuracy and fairness, and secure justice and equality for non-citizens.

Dree is deeply committed to the pro bono representation of indigent clients and securing their access to counsel. She mentors pro bono attorneys, develops case materials and strategies for the representation of detained women and children refugees, and serves on working groups developing nation-wide policy advocacy and litigation strategies on behalf of refugees.  Dree also co-directs the Immigration Litigation Clinic at The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, where she is a member of the adjunct faculty and supervises law students representing indigent clients in removal proceedings before the U.S. Immigration Courts.

Dree joined Benach Collopy from the litigation practice of Maggio + Kattar, where she was a Senior Attorney.  She earned her J.D. and Certificate in Law and Public Policy at The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish at Grinnell College.  Dree is fluent in Spanish.


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%


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  • Brian Ross Murray

    A rockstar attorney in an outstanding law firm. Ms. Collopy is an expert's expert on asylum law and is relied upon, not just by her clients and other non-lawyers, but also by many experienced immigration lawyers for her judgment and knowledge in this area.


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  • Toni Maschler

    I endorse this lawyer. She is a recognized expert in immigration law, particularly asylum. Dree is hardworking, well-informed, and generous with her time and expertise. She has prevailed on difficult cases, including a pro bono (volunteer) one involving a detained Central American asylum applicant. Immigrants and immigration attorneys can both rely on honest and helpful advice from Dree.


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Contact info

Benach Collopy LLP

1333 H Street NW
Suite 900 West
Washington, DC, 20005


DCActive 201107/05/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2016
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2015
Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer AwardAmerican Immigration Lawyers Association2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2014
President's CommendationAmerican Immigration Lawyers Association2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2013
Dulin-Haynes FellowshipThe Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBenach Collopy LLP2012 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorCatholic University Of America, Columbus School Of Law2012 - Present
Senior Attorney, Attorney, and Law ClerkMaggio & Kattar, PC2006 - 2012
InternAyuda, Inc.2006 - 2006
Judicial Law ClerkU.S. Department of Jusice, EOIR, Headquarters Immigration Court2005 - 2006
InternU.S. Department of Justice, Office of Immigration Litigation2005 - 2005
InternThe Honorable Tom Harkin, U.S. Senate2005 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
Bar Association of the District of ColumbiaMember2011 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
National Lawyers Guild, National Immigration ProjectMember2007 - Present
Maryland State Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2006 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
AILAAILA's Asylum Primer, 7th Edition2015
ABAAn Introduction to Asylum Law and Procedure2014
AILA's Guide to U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization LawGatekeeping the American Dream: The Importance of the Naturalization Interview to Achieving Citizenship and Full Integration into American Life2014
AILA-DC Fall Conference MaterialsParticular Social Group Claims2014
Immigration Practice Pointers (AILA)Challenges and Strategies Beyond Relief2014
Immigration BriefingsThwarting the Intent Behind VAWA? USCIS' Interpretation of Good Moral Character2014
AILAPractice Pointer: Avoid the NOID! How to Prevent Asylum Office NOIDs2014
AILAPractice Pointer: Completing the I-589, Question by Question Guidance on Completing the Form I-589 Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal2014
The GuardianWhy is Obama Still Locking Up So Many Innocent Women and Kids on US Soil?2014
Immigration Practice Pointers (AILA)Evidentiary Issues in Asylum Cases2013
Immigration BriefingsI-601A Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers: A Practitioner's Guide for Preserving Family Unity2013
AILAPractice Pointer: Challenging the Admission of Asylum Officers' Notes and ASsessments as Evidence in Immigration Court2013
Immigration BriefingsNo Minor Issue: The Diminished Capacity of Minors in Our Immigration System2012
Interpreter ReleasesDefinition of Conviction2011
Immigration BriefingsThe Plight of the Crewman: The Need for an Immediate Relative Exception to the Prohibition on Adjustment of Status and Strategies for Representing Alleged Crewmen Under Current Law2010
Immigration Law TodayLost In Translation: Why Professional Interpreters are Critical to the Fairness of Asylum Interviews2008
Georgetown Immigration Law JournalIncorporating a Hardship Factor in Asylum Claims Based on Female Genital Mutilation: A Legislative Solution to Protect the Best Interests of Children2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Catholic University of America, Columbus School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
Grinnell CollegePolitical Science and SpanishBA - Bachelor of Arts2004
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
AILA Annual ConferenceHow to Win Gang-Based Asylum Claims2015
U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate Briefings on Capitol HillFamily Detention: Denying Protection to Refugees2014
Press BriefingDomestic Violence-Based Asylum Claims and Family Detention2014
Law and Public Policy ProgramCrisis at the Border: Immigration Law and Policy2014
Institute for U.S. LawU.S. Asylum Law: A Primer2014 WebinarBest Practices in Challenging Detention and Advocating for Asylum, Withholding, and CAT Relief2014
Humanitarian Immigration Law ClinicSeeking Protection for Individuals Fleeing Gang Violence: The Evolution of Gang-Based Asylum and Practice Pointers for Success2014
AILA-DC WebinarI-601A Waivers: A Year in Review2014
AILA-DC WebinarLessons from Artesia2014
AILA-DC Litigation RoundtableAsylum Officer Notes and Assessments2014
AILA-DC Fall ConferenceWinning Asylum Claims Based on Particular Social Group2014
AILA Colorado Rocky Mountain Immigration Law ConferenceCredible/Reasonable Fear Interviews: Lessons from Artesia and Karnes2014
AILA Annual ConferenceChallenges and Strategies Beyond Relief2014
Law and Public Policy ProgramWomen as Leaders: Negotiating Skills for Success2013
AILA-DC Chapter and Child Immigrants' DC Collaborative TrainingRepresenting Immigrant Children2013
AILA Paralegals ConferenceAsylum and Removal Case Preparation and Practicum2013
AILA Annual ConferenceEvidentiary Issues in Asylum Cases2013
ABA Lunch and Learn SeriesRepresenting Clients with Mental Health Issues: A Primer on EOIR's New Mental Health Rules2013
ABA Lunch and Learn SeriesRecent Updates in Comprehensive Immigration Reform2013
Law and Public Policy ProgramProsecutorial Discretion in Immigration Law2012
DACA Nuts and Bolts SeminarPractical "Nuts and Bolts" Tips - Criminal Issues2012
AILA Web SeminarWhen the Petitioner Becomes the Target: Strategies for Presenting Petitions Impacted by the Adam Walsh Act2012
ABA Lunch and Learn SeriesDeferred Action for Dreamers2012
ABA Lunch and Learn Series2012 Election Results: Consequences for Employment and Family-Based Immigration2012
ABA Annual ConferenceABA Pro Bono Training: The Essentials of Immigration Court Representation / Appeals to the BIA and Circuit Courts2012
ABA Annual ConferenceABA Pro Bono Training: The Essentials of Immigration Court Representation / Appeals to the BIA and Circuit Courts2012
District of Columbia Bar CLETrying a Case in Immigration Court: Advice from the Bench and Bar2011
Catholic Charities Pro Bono TrainingVAWA and U Visa Petitions2011
AILA Web SeminarThe Plight of the Crewman: Strategies for Representing C-1/D Entrants Under Current Law2011
ABA Lunch and Learn SeriesThe Varying Definition of Conviction2011
Pro Bono Model Hearing ProgramSkills for Representing Respondents in Immigration Court2010
District of Columbia Bar CLEImmigration Implications of Criminal Convictions2009
AILA TeleconferenceDeclaratory Judgments for Business and Family Practitioners2009