General Counsel - Jennifer Crespo
Jennifer Lydia Crespo joined the Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission as General Counsel in August 2022. The daughter of emigrants from the Philippines and Puerto Rico and of Polish Jewish descent, Jennifer is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where she was also enrolled in the African American Studies program, and is a first-generation lawyer with a Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law. Jennifer began her legal career practicing immigration law with a focus in asylum and removal cases. Immediately prior to joining the Commission, Jennifer represented the State of Illinois in the Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General’s Office where she litigated consumer fraud cases against pyramid scheme operators, fake schools, opioid manufacturers, and scam repair companies.
Jennifer is a community leader and a past president of HLAI – Serving the Hispanic Lawyers of Illinois and she contributes time to several efforts including the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism’s Bullying Prevention Steering Committee.