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.
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
María Pabón López brings a range of academic and professional legal experience to her role as Dean and Professor of Law at the Loyola New Orleans College of Law. Prior to joining the college in 2011, Lopez spent ten years at Indiana University’s McKinney School of Law as an assistant, associate and full professor of law and three years as a lecturer at the University of Missouri – Columbia School of Law. That follows a distinguished decade-long professional career working in federal courts, private practices and non-profit organizations in her home of Puerto Rico and throughout the United States.
López is an expert in immigrants’ rights (including the education of immigrant children), immigration law and diversity/multicultural matters in the legal profession. She also focuses her research on issues concerning Latinos, race and the law, and the status of women lawyers. López has published widely and currently serves on the Diversity Committee of the Louisiana State Bar Association and on the board of the Louisiana Supreme Court Historical Society.
Her current research is on women in the law in Louisiana.
Dean and Professor of Law at the Loyola New Orleans College of Law
Areas of Expertise: Immigration Law, Diversity and the Law, Legal Education, Family Law, Trusts and Estates, and Criminal Law
Maria Cristina Garcia is the Howard A. Newman Professor of American Studies at Cornell University. Her work focuses on refugees, immigration, exiles, and transnationals in the Americas. Her first book Havana USA: Cuban Exiles and Cuban Americans in South Florida, provides an in-depth look at the migration of Cubans to the United States after Fidel Castro took power in 1959.
Her more recent work Seeking Refuge: Central American Migration to Mexico, and the United States, and Canada, is, in her own words, “a study of the individuals, groups, and organizations that responded to the Central American refugee crisis of the 1980s and 1990s, and helped reshape refugee policies throughout North America.”
Garcia has appeared on NPR.
Howard A. Newman Professor in American Studies at Cornell University
Areas of Expertise: Immigration, U.S.-Cuban Relations, Latino U.S. History
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
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:email@example.com Phone: (415) 343-0785
Kevin R. Johnson is dean and the Mabie-Apallas professor of public interest law and Chicana/o studies at the University of California, Davis. He was appointed dean of the school of law in 2008 and has been a tenured professor of law since 1992.
According to his bio, Johnson served on the immigration policy group of President Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. He was named the 2008 Scholar of the Year by the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies. He was also named Professor of the Year in 2006 by the Hispanic National Bar Association.
Dean Robert Post of Yale Law School describes Rodriguez as “the nation’s leading theorist of immigration law.” She has written about immigration policy, civil rights and migration for The New York Times, CNN and numerous other publications.
According to her bio, Rodriguez attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. She clerked for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge David S. Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
Professor of Law, Yale Law School
Areas of Expertise: Immigration, Immigration Law and Policy, Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, the Supreme Court, Executive Branch, Effects of Immigration on Society and Culture, Language Rights and Policy, Migration, Civil Rights & Citizenship