RAPID DEFENSE NETWORK provides rapid legal representation on a pro bono basis to immigrants facing unlawful and imminent detention or deportation. By leveraging partnerships with well-resourced leading law firms and law school clinics, mentoring their teams of attorneys on the successful legal techniques pioneered by Rapid Defense Network, we are able to efficiently and relentlessly address the soaring demand for our services.




Sarah Gillman is a co-Legal Director of Rapid Defense Network. Sarah has been defending non-citizens who are detained and facing removal since 2007. She has an extensive background in defending detained non-citizens in proceedings before the Executive Office of Immigration Review and in the federal courts.  Sarah was instrumental in the development of the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project, the nation’s first public defender system for detained non-citizens funded by the New York City Council. From 2012-2014, Sarah was an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York University School of Law, Washington Square Legal Services where she taught the Immigrant and Advanced Rights Clinics.  Sarah is the proud granddaughter of her maternal grandfather who was Armenian and paternal grandfather who was Lithuanian. They both came to the United States to seek safety and stayed for the remainder of their lives. She is a graduate of Earlham College and CUNY School of Law, and is a member of the New York State Bar, and admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of New York, and the District of Columbia; and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the Third Circuit, the Fourth Circuit, the Fifth Circuit, the Ninth Circuit, the Eleventh Circuit and the D.C. Circuit.


Gregory Copeland is a co-Legal Director of Rapid Defense Network. Prior to RDN, Gregory built a prominent rapid response federal immigration litigation practice as a Supervising Attorney at a non-profit. He also worked as a litigator at the international law firm Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. Gregory has extensive experience litigating civil rights issues, with a particular focus on the writ of habeas corpus. He left private practice following the announcement of racist and unlawful Muslim ban in 2017. He is a graduate of Brown University and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, a member of the state bars of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, as well as the U.S. District Courts for Connecticut, the District of Columbia, New Jersey, and the Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of New York, and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth, Eleventh, and D.C. Circuits, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Gregory is a member of The American Immigration Lawyers Association, The Federal Bar Association, and The Federal Bar Council. 

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