Suyapa Portillo Villeda is an assistant professor in Chicana/o Latina/o Transnational Studies at Pitzer College. Her work broadly focuses on social movements in Central America with a focus on Honduras. In particular, Portillo’s research centers on the intersections between labor, gender, and race in workers’ lives in the history of the banana export economy in Honduras and Central America.
Since the coup d’état in Honduras in 2009, Portillo has served as region expert in the media to attest to conditions in Honduras and the rest of Central America. Her expertise has been cited by CNN, NPR’s Take Two, and The Huffington Post.
Assistant Professor in Chicana/o-Latina/o Transnational Studies, Pitzer College
Areas of Expertise: Chicana/o Latina/o Transnational Studies, Labor, Gender, Ethnicity, Race, Honduras, Central America, History of Immigration and Migration in Central America, LGBTQ Community in Honduras
Elizabeth OuYang has been a civil rights attorney and advocate for the past 30 years. She is also an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights and New York University’s College of Arts and Science. Her areas of expertise include voting, immigration, media accountability, and combating hate crimes and police brutality.
OuYang’s cases and advocacy have been covered extensively in national and local media. Among her many notable clients include Private Danny Chen, a 19-year-old solider found dead in Afghanistan after weeks of racial mistreatment and hazing by his superiors. One of her more recent cases involved Mohammad Sarfaraz Hussain, a 19-year-old who faced removal from the U.S. in 2003 after complying with the special registration program targeting Arabs, Muslims and South Asians. He was granted citizenship in 2016. In 2000, she was appointed by president Bill Clinton to serve as a special assistant to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
Civil Rights Attorney and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights & New York University’s College of Arts and Sciences
Location: New York, New York
Areas of Expertise: Voting, Immigration, Media Accountability, Hate crimes and Police Brutality + Race, Sex, and Disability Discrimination
A few weeks later, Gutierrez announced he was stepping down from his position as vice chairman at Citigroup to lead his super PAC as chairman. According to his bio on the Hispanic Leadership Network website, he was actively involved in U.S.-Cuba policy during his tenure as Commerce Secretary. He was also previously chairman and CEO of the Kellogg Company.
Founder and Chairman, Republicans for Immigration Reform super PAC
Areas of Expertise: Immigration, Immigration Reform, Business, Commerce, Politics & Policy, Latinos, Cuba, Republican Party, Conservative Politics
Shirley Leyro, Ph.D. is an expert criminologist. She is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Borough of Manhattan Community College at City University of New York (CUNY). Her research focuses on criminal law and immigration. She works in New York, New York.
Dr. Jessica L. Lavariega Monforti is a professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at Pace University in New York, NY. She is an expert on how public policy is impacted by gender, race, ethnicity- specifically on how Latino youth are impacted by technology, the military system and immigration policy. Monforti is the former president of the APSA Latino Caucus- an association pushing for the promotion and protection of professional development of Latina/os in political science. She has contributed to several news articles and broadcasts including NPR’s All Things Considered.
Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Pace University
Areas of Expertise: Public Policy Impacts by Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and Impacts of Technology, Military System and Immigration Policy on Latino Youth
Erika Andiola is a well-known immigration activist. She recently joined Bernie Sanders’ campaign as a Latino outreach strategist, focusing on states in the Southwest. Andiola co-founded the Arizona Dream Act Coalition. She’s a former Congressional Staffer for Arizona Congresswoman, Kyrsten Sinema. Her passion for immigrant rights is driven from her own struggle as an undocumented woman. She has appeared on MSNBC and Univision.
Immigration rights activist
Areas of expertise: Immigration activism
Location: Bernie Sanders campaign HQ in Burlington, VT
Van C. Tran teaches sociology at Columbia University. His primary research focuses on the incorporation of post-1965 immigrants and their children as well as its implications for the future of ethnic and racial inequality in the United States. His other scholarly interests include neighborhoods, urban inequality, and population health, with a focus on the Hispanic/Latino population and New York City neighborhoods.
Some of his recent work adopts a comparative approach to the study of migration in the United States, in Europe, and in China. He received his PhD in Sociology and Social Policy from Harvard in 2011 and completed his postdoctoral training as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania in 2013. At Columbia, he is the faculty organizer of the Race, Ethnicity and Migration Workshop and teaches courses on immigration, urban poverty, and research methods.
Assistant Professor of Sociology at Columbia University
Areas of Expertise: Immigration, Race and Ethnicity, Urban Poverty, Neighborhoods and Cities, Social Inequality, Public Policy
Laila Lalami is a Moroccan-American novelist and essayist. Her essays and opinion pieces have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, the Guardian, The New York Times, and in many anthologies. Lalami’s 2014 book, The Moor’s Account, was a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Her work has been translated into ten languages.
Ron Hira teaches in the Department of Political Science at Howard University. He is also a research associate with the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, DC. He specializes in policy issues on offshoring businesses, high-skill immigration, and the American engineering workforce.
Hira has written widely on offshoring, high-skilled immigration, innovation, and the decline of the middle class. He is co-author of the book, Outsourcing America, which was a finalist for best business book in the PMA’s Benjamin Franklin Awards. The Boston Globe called Outsourcing America an “honest, disturbing look at outsourcing.” The Washington Postdescribed the book as a “thorough and easy to grasp primer on the wrenching outsourcing debate.” In addition, he has testified seven times before Congress on high-skilled immigration and outsourcing.
Associate Professor in Political Science, Howard University
Areas of Expertise: High-Skilled Immigration, STEM Labor Markets, Offshoring and Outsourcing, Innovation Policy