Virginia Benzan currently works for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' Asylum Office within the Department of Homeland Security. Prior to the Asylum Office, Virginia directed the Immigration Clinic at Suffolk University Law School for several years. She also worked as a staff attorney with the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, where she specialized in immigration law and advocated on behalf of low income immigrants. After graduating from Northeastern University School of Law, she practiced privately, focusing primarily in criminal defense and immigration law. She also worked as a Congressional Aide for U.S. Representative Edward J. Markey (D-MA) after graduating from the College of the Holy Cross. She currently resides in Dorchester.