8th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.