Alana Holland is a paralegal at Benach Collopy LLP where she assists the attorneys in preparing petitions and applications in all of the firm’s practice areas.

Originally from Arkansas, Alana has traveled and lived widely in Russia and Eastern Europe. Her passion for immigration stems from her personal life and commitment to pursuing justice for those impacted by violence, war, white supremacy, anti-LGBTQ policies, and oppression. Alana is also a historian and brings lessons of the Holocaust and Russian history to her work as an immigration paralegal. She is aware that migrants and refugees face immigration barriers due to the consequences of white supremacy, colonialism, and the legacies of Cold War politics. She passionately helps clients overcome the barriers they face to immigration.

Alana is also a Scholar-in-Residence at American University and member of the adjunct faculty at Georgetown University, where she teaches history and Jewish studies and helps students understand the issues facing migrants and refugees, past and present. She is a 2012 graduate of Arkansas State University (B.A., History). She completed an M.A. in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Illinois in 2015 and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Kansas in 2020. Before joining the team at Benach Collopy, she held a fellowship at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and American University. She speaks Russian and has proficiency in German, Polish, and Lithuanian.