Irena Como is the Staff Attorney for the ACLU of North Carolina. She works on litigation, community outreach and public education on various civil liberties topics including LGBT rights, immigrants’ rights and criminal justice reform.
Irena graduated from Notre Dame Law School in 2008. During law school, Irena worked on behalf of unaccompanied youth in detention, asylum applicants, victims of domestic violence and trafficking, and low-income disabled individuals.
While working for the Legal Aid Society of New York, Irena represented children in abuse and neglect and juvenile delinquency proceedings in Queens Family Court. At Legal Aid, Irena was involved with the Legislative Reform Committee, the Re-Entry Task Force, and supervised and mentored several legal interns. She also spearheaded a project on the collateral consequences of juvenile delinquency adjudications in New York State. Through this project Irena developed a comprehensive guide for attorneys that outlines the consequences of juvenile adjudications in the areas of immigration, education, housing, sexual offender registries, employment and the military and provided technical assistance sealing and expunging of juvenile records.
Irena graduated from Earlham College with a BA in Sociology/Anthropology and Comparative Languages and Linguistics, and has a Masters in Sociology from Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. Irena is fluent in Albanian, Italian and Spanish.