- Michelle Brané, Director, Detention and Asylum Program, Women’s Refugee Commission
- Muzaffar Chishti, Director, MPI at NYU School of Law
- Charlie T. Deane, Chief of Police, Prince William County Police Department
- Terry Goddard, Former Arizona Attorney General and Former Mayor of Phoenix
- Geoffrey Heeren, Fellow, Center for Applied Legal Studies, Georgetown University Law Center
- Asa Hutchinson, Former Member of Congress (3rd District of Arkansas); former Undersecretary, US Department of Homeland Security; Partner, The Asa Hutchinson Law Group
- Tamar Jacoby, President and CEO, ImmigrationWorks USA
- Omar Jadwat, Staff Counsel, ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project
- Donald Kerwin, MPI Vice President for Programs
- David Martin, Warner-Booker Distinguished Professor of International Law, University of Virginia, School of Law
- Doris Meissner, Senior Fellow and Director of the US Immigration Policy Program, MPI; former Commissioner of the US Immigration and Naturalization Service
- Mary Meg McCarthy, Executive Director, National Immigrant Justice Center-A Heartland Alliance Partner
- Laura G. McHenry, Senior Attorney/Director of Training, Immigration Services, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Atlanta
- Julie Myers Wood, Former Director, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement; President, Immigration and Customs Solutions, LLC
- Maria M. Odom, Executive Director, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.
- Daniel Olmos, Senior Counsel, Access to Justice Initiative, US Department of Justice
- Margo Schlanger, Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, US Department of Homeland Security
- Andrew I. Schoenholtz, Visiting Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center; Co-Director, Center for Applied Legal Studies; Deputy Director, Georgetown University Institute for the Study of International Migration
- Mark L. Shurtleff, Utah Attorney General
- Michele Waslin, Senior Policy Analyst, Immigration Policy Center, American Immigration Council
- Chuck Wexler, Executive Director, Police Executive Research Forum
- Michael J. Wishnie, Clinical Professor of Law, Yale Law School
Michelle Brané is the Director of the Detention and Asylum Program at the Women’s Refugee Commission, where she focuses on the critical protection needs of women and children asylum seekers in the United States. She authored the 2007 Women's Refugee Commission landmark report on family detention, Locking Up Family Values, and the 2009 report on unaccompanied migrant children, Halfway Home.
Ms. Brané has more than 18 years of experience working on immigration and human-rights issues. As an attorney advisor with the Department of Justice Board of Immigration Appeals, she specialized in asylum cases and assisted in developing relevant regulations and training programs for new staff. She has extensive experience in program management and advocacy. At Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services, she developed and coordinated the Detained Torture Survivor Legal Support Network and the Legal Orientation Program, and was the Director of the Access to Justice Unit. She has also worked internationally with human-rights organizations in India and as a Human Rights Officer with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Bosnia, where she also served as the Head of the Sarajevo Field Office. She holds a bachelor's degree in international studies from the University of Michigan and a JD from Georgetown University. She is a member of the New York bar.
Muzaffar Chishti, a lawyer, is Director of MPI’s office at New York University School of Law. His work focuses on US immigration policy, the intersection of labor and immigration law, civil liberties, and immigrant integration. Prior to joining MPI, Mr. Chishti was Director of the Immigration Project of the Union of Needletrades, Industrial & Textile Employees (UNITE). Mr. Chishti currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the National Immigration Law Center, the New York Immigration Coalition, and the Asian American Federation of New York. He has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Immigration Forum, and as a member of the Coordinating Committee on Immigration of the American Bar Association.
Mr. Chishti has testified extensively on immigration policy issues before various congressional committees. In 1992, as part of a US team, he assisted the Russian Parliament in drafting its legislation on forced migrants and refugees. He is a 1994 recipient of the New York State Governor's Award for Outstanding Asian Americans and a 1995 recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. His publications include: Delegation and Divergence: A Study of 287(g) State and Local Immigration Enforcement (co-authored); A program in Flux: New Priorities and Implementation Challenges for 287(g) (co-authored); Testing the Limits: A Framework for Assessing the Legality of State and Local Immigration Measures (co-authored); America's Challenge: Domestic Security, Civil Liberties, and National Unity After September 11 (co-authored); "Guest Workers in the House of Labor" in the New Labor Forum; "The Role of States in US Immigration Policy" in the NYU Annual Survey of American Law (2002); "Enforcing Immigration Rules: Making the Right Choices" in NYU Journal of Legislation and Public Policy (2006-07); "A Redesigned Immigration Selection System" in Cornell International Law Journal (Winter 2008); "Employer Sanctions Against Immigrant Workers” in WorkingUSA; and "Rights or Privileges," in the special issue on the Promise of Immigration in The Boston Review. Mr. Chishti was educated at St. Stephen's College, Delhi; the University of Delhi; Cornell Law School; and the Columbia School of International Affairs.
Chief Charlie T. Deane has been a member of the Prince William County Police Department since its inception in July 1970. He served 12 years as a Criminal Investigator and rose through the ranks to Deputy Police Chief in 1985. He was appointed Police Chief for the Department in 1988. Chief Deane was a Virginia State Police Trooper from 1966 until 1970. Chief Deane is a graduate of George Mason University with a Master of Public Administration degree. In addition, he has a Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice degree from American University; he is a graduate of the FBI National Academy; the University of Virginia Senior Executive Institute and the FBI National Executive Institute.
Chief Deane is a Past President of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police (VACP). He serves as Vice President of the Police Executive Research Forum. He is also a member of the Policy Center Advisory Board, and past member of the Executive Committee for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). Among the many awards that Chief Deane has received is PWC Manager of the Year; CALEA’s Egon Bittner Award, GMU’s Wayne F. Anderson Alumni Award for Distinguished Public Service, the IACP’s 2009 Civil Rights Certificate of Recognition and the 2010 Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police – President’s Award.
Terry Goddard was elected Arizona Attorney General in 2002 and reelected in 2006. During his eight years as Attorney General, Mr. Goddard led successful prosecutions across a wide range of cases that included border smuggling and money laundering, consumer protection, environmental defense, and combating mortgage fraud. Successful complex financial crime prosecutions included convictions of the leaders of the Baptist Foundation of Arizona, for defrauding over 11,000 investors out of more than $585 million. He scored major victories for consumers, including a $1 million settlement with WalMart, the state's and nation's largest retailer, for repeated price-posting violations and brought multiple cases against banks and financial service companies for predatory lending and fraudulent mortgage modifications. He led the effort to clamp down on money laundering, seizing over $20 million in human smuggler wire transfers. In that effort, he obtained a $94 million settlement from Western Union requiring major changes in corporate procedures to cut back on illegal wire transfers. From the Western Union settlement monies, he set up a $50 million fund available to law enforcement agencies in the four Southwest border states to pay for criminal investigations of border crimes.
Mr. Goddard started his legal career at the Arizona Attorney General's Office as a white-collar crime prosecutor. From 1984 to 1990, he served as Mayor of Phoenix. He was elected President of the National League of Cities in 1989 and was named “Municipal Leader of the Year” by City and County Magazine. From 1995 to 2002, he served as Arizona Director for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. In 2000, he was elected to the board of the Central Arizona Water Conservation District, which manages the Central Arizona Project. He also served on the Board of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco and for nine years as a Trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. As a member of the National Association of Attorneys General, he served as the Tobacco Committee Co-chair protecting the payments to the states under the historic master tobacco settlement agreement. In 2010, he received the Kelly-Wyman Award, the top recognition given each year by National Association of Attorneys General. An Arizona native, Mr. Goddard received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and his law degree from Arizona State University. He served an active duty tour in the US Navy and retired as a Commander after 27 years in the Naval Reserves.
Geoffrey Heeren is a Fellow at the Center for Applied Legal Studies at Georgetown University Law Center. Before joining Georgetown, Mr. Heeren worked for ten years as a public interest attorney in Chicago. Most recently, he was a Senior Attorney with the Immigration Project of the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago (LAF), where he handled a wide range of cases involving indigent immigrants, from administrative applications for asylum to petitions for review to the Circuit Court of Appeals. He specialized in representing detained immigrants, particularly those held in long-term detention, and he litigated a number of federal cases involving the constitutional rights of detainees. While working at LAF, he also served as Chair of the Chicago Chapter Litigation Committee of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, on the Board of Governors of the Chicago Council of Lawyers, and taught as an adjunct professor of asylum law at the University of Chicago Law School. He graduated from New York University School of Law and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago.
Asa Hutchinson is Senior Partner at the Asa Hutchinson Law Group and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowmen School of Law, where he teaches National Security Law. Mr. Hutchinson is also serves as one of the Chairs of the Task Force on Detainee Treatment, an initiative overseen by The Constitution Project.
In 1982, President Ronald Reagan appointed Mr. Hutchinson as the youngest United States Attorney in the nation. Prior to his election to Congress in 1996, Mr. Hutchinson practiced law for 21 years, successfully defending clients in major white-collar crime cases, while maintaining a vigorous civil litigation practice. As a Member of Congress from the 3rd District of Arkansas, he served on the Judiciary and Intelligence Committees, among others. As a result of his extensive trial experience, he was appointed by the House of Representatives to try the impeachment case against former President Clinton in the United States Senate. After being elected to his third term in Congress, Mr. Hutchinson was appointed by President George W. Bush as Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in 2001, where he combined tough law enforcement initiatives with advocating increased investment in treatment and education programs. In January 2003, Mr. Hutchinson was confirmed by the US Senate to be the first Under Secretary of the newly created Department of Homeland Security. As one of the nation’s top-ranking homeland security officials, he was responsible for more than 110,000 federal employees housed in such agencies as the Transportation Security Administration, Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. Mr. Hutchinson resigned in 2005 and subsequently joined the Venable LLP law firm in Washington, DC as a Senior Trial Counsel and a partner within Venable’s Litigation Division.
Tamar Jacoby is President and CEO of ImmigrationWorks USA, a national federation of small business owners working to advance better immigration law. She is a nationally known journalist and author. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Weekly Standard and Foreign Affairs, among other publications, and she is a regular guest on national television and radio.
She is author of Someone Else’s House: America’s Unfinished Struggle for Integration, and editor of Reinventing the Melting Pot: The New Immigrants and What It Means To Be American, a collection of essays about immigrant integration. From 1989 to 2007, she was a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute. Before that, she was a senior writer and justice editor for Newsweek. From 1981 to 1987, she was the Deputy Editor of The New York Times op-ed page.
Omar Jadwat is a staff attorney with the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project (IRP), which he joined as a Skadden Fellow in 2002, and an Adjunct Professor at Benjamin Cardozo School of Law. He is IRP’s primary counsel in numerous challenges to state and local anti-immigrant initiatives, including Arizona's employer sanctions and SB 1070 measures and the Hazleton, PA anti-immigrant ordinance. His litigation and advocacy also addresses a number of other due process and enforcement issues. He is a graduate of NYU Law School and was a law clerk for Judge John G. Koeltl of the Southern District of New York.
Donald Kerwin is Vice President for Programs at the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), overseeing MPI’s diverse programs. Mr. Kerwin has written extensively on a variety of topics related to migration, and some of his publications at MPI include: More than IRCA: US Legalization Programs and the Current Policy Debate (December 2010); Structuring and Implementing an Immigrant Legalization Program: Registration as the First Step (co-authored, November 2010); Immigrant Detention: Can ICE Meet its Legal Imperatives and Case Management Responsibilities? (co-authored, September 2009); and DHS and Immigration: Taking Stock and Correcting Course (co-authored, February 2009).
Prior to joining MPI, Mr. Kerwin worked for more than 16 years at the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), serving as Executive Director for nearly 15 years. Upon his arrival at CLINIC in 1992, Mr. Kerwin directed CLINIC’s political asylum project for Haitians. He became CLINIC’s Executive Director in December 1993 and during his tenure, CLINIC coordinated the nation’s largest programs for political asylum, detainee services, immigration appeals, and naturalization. CLINIC, a public interest legal corporation, also supports the nation's largest network of charitable legal programs and offers the nation's most extensive legal training and support programs for immigrant service agencies. Mr. Kerwin is a member of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Immigration, on the Board of Directors of Jesuit Refugee Services-USA and the Border Network for Human Rights, and an Associate Fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center. He also served as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Immigration Task Force. Mr. Kerwin is a 1984 graduate of Georgetown University and a 1989 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School.
David A. Martin is the Warner-Booker Distinguished Professor of International Law at the University of Virginia, School of Law. Mr. Martin joined the law faculty in 1980, after serving two years as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Human rights and Humanitarian Affairs at the US Department of State. In 1995 he took leave from the Law School, serving as General Counsel of the Immigration and Naturalization Service until 1998. He has taught citizenship, constitutional law, immigration, international law, international human rights, presidential powers, refugee law and property. He recently took leave to serve as Deputy General Counsel for the US Department of Homeland Security from 2009 to 2011.
Mr. Martin earned his bachelor’s degree from DePauw University and his JD from Yale Law School. While a student at Yale Law School, Mr. Martin served as editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal. After receiving his law degree, he clerked for Judge J. Skelly Wright of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit and then for US Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr. He later practiced with Rogovin Stern & Huge in Washington, DC, before accepting the post at the State Department. Mr. Martin has been a German Marshall Fund research fellow in Geneva, the chair of the Immigration Section of the Association of American Law Schools, the Vice President of the American Society of International Law, and a member of the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law. He has twice served as a consultant to the Administrative Conference of the United States, preparing studies and recommendations on federal migrant worker assistance programs and on reforms to political asylum adjudication procedures. In 1993 he undertook a consultancy for the US Department of Justice that led to major reforms of the US political asylum adjudication system. In 2003-04 he was asked by the State Department to provide a comprehensive study of the US overseas refugee admissions program, leading to recommendations for reform of that system.
Mary Meg McCarthy is the Executive Director of Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), one of the nation’s leading immigrant and human-rights advocacy organizations. Under her leadership, NIJC has grown from a staff of eight to 40, serving 8,000 people and has built a pro bono network of more than 1,000 attorneys. Through its unique combination of direct service, impact litigation and advocacy, NIJC promotes due-process protections before the US Supreme Court, Congress, and the administration. Prior to joining NIJC in 1998, Ms. McCarthy practiced civil litigation and was a pro bono attorney for NIJC’s asylum project.
Ms. McCarthy has testified before congressional committees on human rights and immigration detention reform. In addition, she is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences on human rights and immigration law and has been quoted in leading news outlets. Early in her career, Ms. McCarthy lived in Chile when she worked in local communities to help safeguard the rights of individuals living under a dictatorship. She is a recipient of numerous awards, including the Robert Bellarmine Award from Loyola University Chicago School of Law for distinguished alumni, as well as the Chicago AILA Chapter’s Joseph Minsky Mentor Award.
Laura G. McHenry is the Senior Attorney/Director of Training for Immigration Services at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Atlanta. After graduating from law school, Ms. McHenry first worked as a bilingual staff attorney at Georgia Legal Services in Dalton, Georgia, from July 2004 until May 2005. She has worked at Catholic Charities (formerly Catholic Social Services) as a staff attorney since May 2005 and has represented clients before US Citizenship and Immigration Services, US Customs and Border Protection, and the Executive Office for Immigration Review. Ms. McHentry became Benefits Banager in July 2007, Litigation Manager in August 2008, and senior Attorney/Director of Training in July 2010.
Ms. McHenry earned a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a minor in Music, summa cum laude, from Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina, in 2001. She also studied the Spanish language at the Center for Cross-Cultural Studies in Seville, Spain, from January to May, 2000. Ms. McHenry graduated from the University of Georgia, School of Law with a JD, cum laude, in May 2004, and she has been an active member of the State Bar of Georgia since 2004.
Doris Meissner, former Commissioner of the US Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), is a Senior Fellow at the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), where she directs MPI's work on US immigration policy. She is also one of the Co-Directors of MPI’s Regional Migration Study Group. She contributes to the Institute's work on immigration and national security, the politics of immigration, administering immigration systems and government agencies, and cooperation with other countries. Ms. Meissner has authored and co-authored numerous reports, articles, and op-eds and is frequently quoted in the media. She served as Director of MPI's Independent Task Force on Immigration and America's Future, a bipartisan group of distinguished leaders. The group's report and recommendations address how to harness the advantages of immigration for a 21st century economy and society.
From 1993 to 2000, she served in the Clinton administration as Commissioner of the INS, then part of the US Department of Justice. Her accomplishments there included reforming the nation's asylum system, creating new strategies for managing US borders, improving services for immigrants, and shaping new responses to migration and humanitarian emergencies. She first joined the Department of Justice in 1973 as a White House Fellow and Special Assistant to the Attorney General and then served in various senior policy posts at Justice, including Acting Commissioner and Executive Associate Commissioner of INS. In 1986, she joined the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace as a Senior Associate. Ms. Meissner created the Endowment's Immigration Policy Project, which became MPI in 2001. She earned BA and MA degrees at University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she began her professional career as Assistant Director of student financial aid. She was also the first Executive Director of the National Women's Political Caucus.
Julie Myers Wood is the President of ICS Consulting, LLC (ICS) and Immigration and Customs Solutions, LLC. In these capacities, Ms. Wood brings her extensive background to help build business solutions for companies, large and small. Ms. Wood has helped develop proprietary software products that assist employers with compliance issues, including SecureID. Prior to founding these companies, Ms. Wood served as head of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for nearly three years. In this role, she led the largest investigative component of the Department of Homeland Security and the second- largest investigative agency in the federal government, with more than 17,000 employees and an annual budget of more than $5 billion. During her tenure, ICE had five integrated divisions (Detention and Removal Operations, Investigations, Federal Protective Service, Intelligence, and International Affairs).
Ms. Wood is a frequent speaker and commentator on immigration and law enforcement issues. She is a member of the Advisory Committee for the American Bar Association’s Commission on Immigration and the Constitution Project’s Immigration Committee. Her previous leadership positions in the federal government include service as Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement at the Department of Commerce, Chief of Staff for the Criminal Division at the Department of Justice, and Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Treasury Department. Ms. Wood also served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, where she prosecuted a variety of criminal cases, including financial crimes, immigration violations, securities fraud, and other white-collar criminal cases. Before entering government service, Ms. Wood was an associate at Mayer, Brown & Platt in Chicago. She also clerked for the Honorable C. Arlen Beam of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Ms. Wood earned a bachelor's degree at Baylor University and a JD from Cornell Law School.
Maria M. Odom is Executive Director of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC). She is an experienced immigration attorney, having spent years representing immigrants, including: asylum seekers, detained individuals, religious workers, juveniles, victims of domestic violence, and corporations seeking to bring essential workers to the United States.
Ms. Odom has served at the Executive Office for Immigration Review and as an Assistant District Counsel for the legacy US Immigration and Naturalization Service. After her government service, Ms. Odom established a successful multistate private practice with a focus on removal defense and immigration litigation. For her work, she was named Georgia’s 2008 Hispanic Businesswoman of the Year. As CLINIC’s Executive Director, Ms. Odom is a consultant to the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Migration.
Daniel Olmos is Senior Counsel at the Access to Justice Initiative at the US Department of Justice, a position he accepted in March 2010. Prior to joining the Justice Department, Mr. Olmos was a criminal defense attorney at the Palo Alto law firm of Nolan, Armstrong & Barton, where he defended clients charged with a variety of offenses including murder, narcotics trafficking, trade secret theft, and economic espionage. Before going into private practice, Mr. Olmos was a Deputy Public Defender at the Contra Costa County Public Defender’s Office.
Mr. Olmos attended Harvard University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree cum laude in social studies. After graduating, he spent two years teaching elementary school in Compton, California. He received his law degree from UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall). He then clerked for District Judge Claudia Wilken of the Northern District of California and Circuit Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Margo Schlanger is the new Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the US Department of Homeland Security. Appointed in 2010 by President Obama to lead the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Ms. Schlanger brings to the department expertise in constitutional law and civil rights. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Schlanger was a Professor of Law at the University of Michigan, where her research and teaching focused on civil rights, tort, prisons, and equal employment litigation. She also ran the Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse. Ms. Schlanger had previously been a Professor of Law at Washington University in St. Louis, and an Assistant Professor of Law at Harvard University. She earned her JD and her bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, from Yale University. She then served as law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg from 1993 to 1995. Ms. Schlanger was also a trial attorney in the US Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, where she worked to remedy civil-rights abuses by prison and police departments and earned two Division Special Achievement Awards.
Ms. Schlanger is a leading authority on prisons and prisoner litigation. She was the reporter for the American Bar Association's revision of its standards governing the legal treatment of prisoners; served on the Vera Institute's blue ribbon Commission on Safety and Abuse in America's Prisons; and worked as an advisor on development of proposed national standards implementing the Prison Rape Elimination Act. As the Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, she has testified before Congress, chairs the Interagency Coordinating Council on Emergency Preparedness and Individuals with Disabilities, served on the first US Delegation to the UN Universal Periodic Review, and met with community leaders and groups across America to ensure that their perspectives regarding civil rights and homeland security are considered in the department's policy process.
Andrew I. Schoenholtz is a Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown Law, where he directs the Certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies as well as the Center for Applied Legal Studies. He is also the Deputy Director of Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of International Migration. He teaches courses on Refugee Law and Policy, Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies, and Immigration Law and Policy. Prior to teaching at Georgetown, Professor Schoenholtz served as Deputy Director of the US Commission on Immigration Reform and practiced immigration, asylum, and international law with the Washington, DC law firm of Covington & Burling. He has conducted fact-finding missions in Haiti, Cuba, Ecuador, Germany, Croatia, Bosnia, Malawi, and Zambia to study root causes of forced migration, refugee protection, long-term solutions to mass migration emergencies, and humanitarian relief operations. He researches and writes regularly on refugee law and policy. His publications include: Rejecting Refugees: Homeland Security's Administration of the One-Year Bar to Asylum (co-author); Refugee Roulette: Disparities in Asylum Adjudication (co-author); Refugee Protection in the United States Post-September 11th; The Uprooted: Improving Humanitarian Responses to Forced Migration (chapter on “Improving Legal Frameworks”); and Aiding and Abetting Persecutors: The Seizure and Return of Haitian Refugees in Violation of the UN Refugee Convention and Protocol. Dr. Schoenholtz holds a JD from Harvard Law School and a PhD from Brown University.
Mark L. Shurtleff was re-elected as the Utah Attorney General in November 2008 with 70% of the vote; and is now serving as the first three term attorney general in Utah history. In his first eight years in office, the number of meth labs in Utah was reduced by 98% and he has talked to thousands of students and parents about the dangers of drugs and led the effort to obtain millions of dollars in funding for education and rehabilitation. His Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force has received national recognition and since Attorney General Shurtleff has been in office, over 500 internet predators and child pornographers have been arrested and convicted (with a 99% conviction rate.) The number of sex offenders in Utah prisons has increased by more than 50%. In addition, Attorney General Shurtleff has toured the state and helped develop technology to teach parents and children how to be safe online. Attorney General Shurtleff set up Utah's AMBER Alert, which became a model for the nation and has received national awards, and he led the development of the first statewide Child Abduction Response Team. He developed the first statewide identity theft database, the Identity Theft Reporting and Information System or IRIS. The website is a one stop resource for victims to file online complaints with law enforcement, clear their credit and learn how to better protect their identities. His office is now working hard to expand IRIS nationwide.
Attorney General Shurtleff was born and raised in Utah, graduating from Brigham Young University and the University Of Utah College of Law. He is the author of Am I Not a Man? The Dred Scott Story, a historical novel about the man behind the landmark legal case. He served in the US Navy Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps as an Officer and Attorney, prosecuting hundreds of cases from 1985 to 1990. He was a private practice trial lawyer in California from 1990 to 1993. He returned to Utah to serve as an Assistant Attorney General from 1993 to 1997. During that time, he was appointed Section Chief for Civil Rights & Corrections and served as the lead attorney for public safety. From 1997 to 1998, he was a Deputy County Attorney for Salt Lake County. He also served as a Small Claims Judge Pro Tem in the Third District Court and a law enforcement and corrections instructor. Attorney General Shurtleff is a Past Chairman of the Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG), and has served several times on the Executive Committee for the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG). In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors of the America-Israel Friendship League, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Association and the Washington Legal Foundation. Locally, he serves on the Boards of the Utah Prosecution Council, Commission on Criminal & Juvenile Justice, the Constitutional Defense Council, Governor’s Child & Family Cabinet Council and Utah Citizens Against Pornography. He is currently the Honorary Chair of the Utah Mentor Network and has personally mentored two elementary school students.
Michele Waslin is the Senior Policy Analyst at the Immigration Policy Center. She has authored several publications on immigration policy and post-9/11 immigration issues. Ms. Waslin appears regularly in English and Spanish-language media. Previously, she worked as Director of Immigration Policy Research at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and Policy Coordinator at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. She received her PhD in 2002 in Government and International Studies from the University of Notre Dame, and holds an MA in International Relations from the University of Chicago and a BA in Political Science from Creighton University.
Chuck Wexler, Executive Director of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) since 1993, leads a staff engaged in policing research, management studies and consulting for police agencies, publication of books and other documents, executive education and selection, and policy development. PERF is a leading think tank for major cities facing difficult issues in policing. PERF identifies and explores the issues that are of greatest concern in policing, tapping into the wisdom and experience of leading police executives. In addition to leading PERF's research, consulting, and policy development initiatives, Mr. Wexler has been directly involved in projects to improve the delivery of police services. For example, when the city of Minneapolis faced unprecedented increases in violent crime, Mr. Wexler helped develop and implement a comprehensive anti-crime strategy that is now a model for public-private cooperation. In Chicago, Mr. Wexler is currently working to reduce juvenile homicides in some of the city's most troubled areas. He has been involved in crime-reduction and policing projects in Kansas City; Los Angeles; Northern Ireland; Kingston, Jamaica; London; and the Middle East. He oversaw PERF's analysis of the investigation into the Washington sniper incidents, serving as co-author of PERF's report, Managing Multijurisdictional Cases: Lessons Learned from the Sniper Investigation. He also co-authored Good to Great Policing: Application of Business Management Principles in the Public Sector. A native of Boston, Mr. Wexler held a number of key positions in the Boston Police Department. As operations assistant to the Police Commissioner, he played a central role in the agency's management of racial violence in the wake of court-ordered desegregation of the Boston school system. He was also instrumental in the development and management of the Community Disorders Unit, which earned a national reputation for successfully prosecuting and preventing racially motivated crime. Mr. Wexler graduated from Boston University with a liberal arts degree. He earned a master's degree in criminology from Florida State University and a PhD in urban studies and planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He has been an instructor at Bowdoin College and MIT. In February 2006, Mr. Wexler was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) for his extensive work with British and American police agencies.
Michael J. Wishnie is Clinical Professor of Law at Yale Law School. From 1998 to 2006, he taught at New York University School of Law. Professor Wishnie’s teaching, scholarship, and law practice have focused on immigration, labor and employment, habeas corpus, civil rights, and veterans law. For years, Professor Wishnie and his students have represented grassroots organizations in a range of legislative, media, and community education matters. He is also a Non-Resident Fellow of the Migration Policy Institute and frequently handles litigation matters as a cooperating attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union. His recent publications include Proportionality: The Struggle for Balance in U.S. Immigration Policy, 72 U.PITT.L.REV.___ (forthcoming 2011); The Summer of '10: Federal Power, Local Autonomy, and the Struggle over Immigration Policy, 4 ORIGINS 2 (Nov. 2010); Welfare Reform at Ten: Integration, Exclusion, and Immigration Federalism, in Michael Fix, ed., Immigrant Families and Children on the Tenth Anniversary of Welfare Reform (Migration Policy Institute: 2009); “Collateral Damage: An Examination of ICE’s Fugitive Operations Program,” (Migration Policy Institute: 2009) (with Margot Mendelson & Shayna Strom); The Story of Sale v. Haitian Centers Council, Inc.: Guantanamo and Refoulment, (with Harold H. Koh), in Deena Hurwitz and Meg Satterthwaite, eds., HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCACY STORIES Foundation Press: 2009); Labor Law After Legalization, 92 Minn. L. Rev. 1446 (2008).
Previously, Professor Wishnie worked at the American Civil Liberties Union Immigrants' Rights Project, as a Skadden Fellow; in the Brooklyn Neighborhood Office of The Legal Aid Society; as a law clerk to Judge H. Lee Sarokin of the District Court of New Jersey and US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; and as a clerk for Justice Harry A. Blackmun, retired, working in the chambers of Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer of the Supreme Court of the United States. Before earning his JD from Yale Law School in 1993, Professor Wishnie spent two years teaching in the People's Republic of China.