About Us

Kursten Phelps, Director of Legal Programs and Operations

Kursten Phelps is the Director of Legal Programs and Operations working with the American Bar Association’s Commission on Immigration in Washington, D.C. Previously, she worked at the Tahirih Justice Center, serving as a staff attorney, managing attorney, and ultimately as its national director of legal and social services. At Tahirih, she supported the organization’s five offices in delivering high quality and efficient interdisciplinary legal services to immigrant survivors of gender-based violence, including asylum, VAWA self-petitions, SIJS petitions, T visas and U visas. Previously, she was the Immigration Project attorney at the Kansas Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, where she directly represented immigrant survivors, mentored pro bono attorneys, and provided training and technical assistance to professionals interacting with immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. She earned her law degree from Washburn University School of Law and undergraduate degrees in Spanish, Latin American Studies, and journalism from the University of Kansas.