Conversations on the Edge: Immigration

Conversations on the Edge: Immigration

In this conversation, grassroots organizers and legal experts will explore the issues that affect immigrants in the United States today.

Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 6:00pm

What do we mean when we say, “America is a nation of immigrants”? According to the Migration Policy Institute, immigrants make up over 13% of the United States population, with over one million immigrants migrating to the US each year. In this conversation, grassroots organizers and legal experts will explore the issues that affect immigrants in the United States today, the policy that affects immigration reform, border regulation, and paths to citizenship, and how local organizations can empower immigrants to participate in their local communities and civic life.

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Eva Millona | Executive Director, MIRA: Eva A. Millona is Executive Director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), the state’s largest organization representing the foreign-born, and co-chair of the National Partnership for New Americans, the lead national organization focusing on immigrant integration. She is also the co-chair of the Governor’s Advisory Council for Refugees and Immigrants and serves on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

Sabrineh Ardalan | Assistant Director, Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program: Sabrineh Ardalan is assistant director at the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program. At the clinic, Ardalan supervises and trains law students working on applications for asylum and other humanitarian protections, as well as appellate litigation and policy advocacy. She has authored amicus briefs submitted to the Board of Immigration Appeals, as well as to the federal district courts and circuit courts of appeal on cutting-edge issues in U.S. asylum law.

Elena Noureddine | Esq., Attorney at PAIR Project: Elena specializes in removal defense, criminal immigration, asylum, and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. She received her B.A. in Political Science and Criminology from the University of Florida and her J.D. from Boston University School of Law. In law school, Elena participated in Boston University’s Asylum and Human Rights Clinic, representing clients in USCIS interviews and before the Executive Office for Immigration Review. She focused on the representation of juveniles facing deportation who, because of their age, are often neglected for services and go unrepresented.


Madeline Choi Cronin | Immigration Lawyer: Attorney Madeline Cronin has practiced U.S. immigration law since 1994, concentrating in business, family and deportation. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and serves as a Volunteer Attorney with the Irish International Immigration Center (IIIC), and has served as an Asylum Pro Bono Volunteer with the Political Asylum Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project.

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