Thomas Kicak
Human Rights Scholar
Thomas Kicak is a first-year JD candidate at NYU pursuing a career in public international law and public interest law more generally. Since the fall of 2020, he works on the Prevention Project which seeks to transform prevention practices through research, conceptual clarification, and integration of knowledge and expertise. The work of the Prevention project expands on Professor de Greiff’s scholarship during his mandate as United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation, and guarantees of non-recurrence from 2012 to 2018. Thomas supports the project’s research into measures that can be used to combat state capture, enhance social¬†and civic institutions,¬†and promote institutional tools that can be used for prevention practices. Outside of the Human Rights Scholars Program, Thomas works on the Project Team at NYU Law’s Chapter of the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) on its pro bono naturalization efforts and is a registered Legal Observer with the National Lawyers Guild.
Prior to NYU Law, Thomas lived and worked in San Francisco, California for two years. One year was spent as a litigation legal assistant at a small firm focused on asylum law and deportation defense in US immigration courts and the offices of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The second year was spent as a consultant assisting financial firms with their SEC regulatory obligations, including examinations and investigations. Thomas graduated from Columbia University in 2018 with honors with a degree in Hispanic Studies and French Language & Literature. A native of Connecticut, Thomas enjoys long-distance running, movies, art, and studying foreign languages.

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