Gabriela Rivera

Gabriela Rivera is the Yale Public Interest Fellow with the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties. As an attorney with the ACLU her work focuses on addressing due process violations in immigration detention, discriminatory policing practices, and abuses of local police partnerships with federal immigration enforcement authorities.

Gabriela is one of the lead attorneys on a class action lawsuit filed in federal court in Los Angeles in June 2013, challenging the methods of coercion and pressure that Border Patrol and ICE agents employ to convince Mexican nationals to sign their own expulsion orders.

Prior to the ACLU she worked with the Federal Defenders, the Yale Law School Reentry Clinic and the Criminal Defense Project, where she focused on mitigating collateral consequences and immigration consequences of criminal convictions.


Legal Fellow/Staff Attorney at ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties

Areas of Expertise: Constitutional and Administrative Law, Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice, Police Practices, Criminal Justice, Economic Justice, Immigration Law, International Human Rights Law

Location: San Diego, CA

Contact Information:
Email:
 Grivera@aclusandiego.org
Phone: (619) 398-4495

Rivera speaks about immigration for the ACLU: 

 

Iván Espinoza-Madrigal

Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal is the legal director of the Center for HIV Law and Policy (CHLP), and a civil rights attorney specializing in legal issues affecting the LGBT community and those living with HIV, particularly in immigration law. Most recently, he worked at Lambda Legal, where he focused on marriage equality, immigration and issues affecting LGBT and HIV-affected people of color.

Espinoza-Madrigal’s cases have been featured in the New York Times and New York Law Journal. He speaks nationally on civil rights issues, and provides legal commentary to CNN, Univision, Telemundo and the Huffington Post. The National LGBT Bar Association has recognized him as one of the Best LGBT Lawyers under 40.

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Legal Director of the Center for HIV Law and Policy

Areas of Expertise: Gay Rights, Public Health, Immigrant Rights, Immigration Reform, Civil Rights, Latino Rights/Issues, Marriage Equality, Issues Affecting LGBT and HIV-Affected People of Color

Location: New York, NY

Contact Information:

Email: iespinoza@hivlawandpolicy.org

Mobile: (908) 405-2269

Twitter: @ivanEspinozaESQ

Cecillia Wang

Cecillia Wang is the Director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Immigrants’ Rights Project. Wang first worked with ACLU as a civil rights lawyer on a fellowship at the Immigrant’s Rights Project in 1997-98. She has also served as a trial attorney with the federal public defender office for the Southern District of New York and as an attorney in a San Francisco law firm working on commercial litigation and white collar criminal defense.

Wang has spoken about civil rights and immigration law at Yale, Stanford, Berkeley, and Vanderbilt law schools and has trained attorneys and advocates on civil rights issues. She attended Yale Law School and clerked for both Judge William Norris of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Justice Harry Blackmun of the Supreme Court of the United States.


Director of the Immigrants’ Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Areas of Expertise: Immigration, Immigration Law, Immigrant Rights, Civil Rights, Criminal Law

Location: San Francisco, CA (with some travel to New York and Washington, DC)

Contact Information:
Phone: (415) 343-0775

You can also reach out to the Immigrants’ Rights Project Communications Manager, Isabel Alegría:
Email: ialegria@aclu.org
Phone: (415) 343-0785

Heard on NPR: For a complete list, click here.

All Things Considered: Appeals Court Defers on Ala., Ga. Immigration Laws

 

Miriam Yeung

Miriam Yeung is the former executive director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), “an organization dedicated to issues of social justice and human rights for Asian and Pacific Islander women and girls in the U.S.” NAPAWF provided funding and outreach to the National Asian American Survey (led by one of our other sources, Karthick Ramakrishnan). You can see some of Yeung’s presentations here.

Previously, Yeung was the director of public policy and government relations at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center (the Center) in New York City. She also worked for the Center’s Youth Enrichment Services Program for seven years on the Safe Schools Campaign.

In 2012, she was honored by the National Council for Research on Women as one of the “30 Leaders Changing the Way the World Looks at Women.” She has also co-produced a documentary about LGBT youth in New York City called “I Look Up to the Sky Now.”

Former Executive Director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF)

Areas of Expertise: Asian and Pacific Islanders, Women, Immigrants Rights, LGBT Issues, Domestic and Workplace Violence, Human Rights and Security, Trafficking and Prostitution, Discrimination, Employment and Unemployment, Immigration and Migration

Location: New York, NY

Contact Information:

Email: myeung@napawf.org

Office: (202) 470-3170 x30

Mobile: (917) 306-4404

Twitter: @miriamyeung

Heard on NPR: For a complete list, click here.

Tell Me More: Overhauling Immigration: Asians Matter Too