Valerie Zukin Obituary – Death: Former NWIRP attorney and life-long immigrant rights advocate Valerie Zukin, of San Francisco, California has passed away unexpectedly over the weekend. Valerie was a kind and gentle spirit who loved his family very much. He loved being with nieces and nephews.
The circumstances surrounding the cause of Valerie Zukin’s death had not been made known to the public at the time of this publication.
So sad to hear of the passing of our colleague Valerie Zukin, formerly of @CCIJustice and most recently with @the_ILRC. She was a light in the struggle for justice and an example of the best kind of lawyer. Let’s keep fighting in her honor. #EndImmigrationDetention #FreeThemAll
— Lindsay Toczylowski (@L_Toczylowski) September 28, 2021
Valerie was tenacious, curious and always mastered what she did very quickly, she was deeply passionate and her sense of humor was a gift to all those who knew her.
She was a friend to many people she came in contact with. Those who truly knew her, loved her, and will miss her presence, her laughter, and sense of humor. She was a light in the struggle for justice and an example of the best kind of lawyer.
To carry on her legacy, several colleagues and friends have set up the Valerie Zukin Memorial Fellowship, an initiative to raise funds in Valerie’s honor to advance the development of more fierce immigration lawyers like her.
Find more info here:
— ILRC (@the_ILRC) September 28, 2021
I am heartbroken to hear about the passing of our dear colleague and movement comrade, Valerie Zukin. 💔
Valerie was a movement lawyer, always so eager and open to hear from organizers and explore creative strategies. We worked closely on the Yuba campaign with Don Juve’s case.
— Edwin Carmona-Cruz (@edwin_carey) September 27, 2021
Today is a sad day for the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project community as we mourn the loss of former NWIRP attorney and life-long immigrant rights advocate Valerie Zukin. (Here she is with NWIRP Tacoma staff, second from the left) pic.twitter.com/2pkUImQnwU
— Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (@NWIRP) September 28, 2021