Welcome Renee!

Photograph of Renee. Renee is a white woman with long dark hair. She is smiling and wearing dark clothes. There is a tree in the background.

This fall, the Immigration Detention Accountability Project will be working with extern Renee Payne! Renee is a 3L Public Interest Law Scholar at Northeastern University School of Law. She was an Associate Editor of the Northeastern University Law Review and a member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. 

Before joining us at CREEC, Renee interned for the Massachusetts Protection and Advocacy agency, the Disability Law Center, enforcing the ADA through corrective action plans; preparing written testimony opposing bills that would harm disabled people and people of color; and monitoring psychiatric hospitals, nursing facilities and congregate residences for people with disabilities. 

Renee has also worked for Denver Human Services and the International Rescue Committee. She was a Fulbright Grantee in 2014 and graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with degrees in Spanish and Portuguese and Human Geography. 

Renee says, “I plan to work in disability and civil rights enforcement after I graduate, and CREEC’s Immigrant Detention Accountability Project offers a unique and an incredibly important perspective on disability justice through the lens of immigration. I am looking forward to working with the IDAP team!” 

Outside of school and work, Renee likes to camp and hike with her dogs, Maverick and Darjee. She misses the Colorado mountains but is making the most of the hills of Massachusetts! Please join us in welcoming Renee.

Two dogs lying down together on a cushion in the sun