Moving America Toward Justice | Lawyers Committee 50th Anniversary

Overdue Justice: The Fight for Immigration Reform

5:30-7:30 PM
Thursday, July 11, 2013

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
1401 New York Ave. N.W., Suite 400
Washington, D.C. 20005

*Light refreshments will be provided.

The recent struggle to secure Comprehensive Immigration Reform is one of the great civil rights battles of our day. At stake are the lives of an estimated eleven million undocumented men, women, and children who currently reside in the country, vulnerable to family separation, unscrupulous exploitation at the workplace, and facing limited opportunities for advancement.  Justice for these families and individuals is overdue.

Join the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law for a panel discussion on Comprehensive Immigration Reform. You will hear from leading immigrant rights advocates who are actively working to make CIR a reality. The speakers will provide an overview of CIR, discuss past legislative efforts, as well as current obstacles and opportunities to ensure that a fair CIR bill is passed and signed into law.

If you're not able to join us in person, tune in to a live webcast at at 6:00 PM or follow the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #towardjustice.

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Jon Greenbaum (Introductory Remarks)
Chief Counsel and Senior Deputy Director

Jon Greenbaum is the chief counsel and senior deputy director for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights under Law where he is responsible for managing the Committee’s efforts to seek racial justice. Mr. Greenbaum oversees the Committee’s Legal Projects: Community Development; Educational Opportunities; Employment Discrimination; Environmental Justice; Fair Housing & Fair Lending; Voting Rights; and Legal Mobilization. Mr. Greenbaum has played a major role in numerous landmark cases, including Shelby County v. Holder (defense of the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act), the Coalition for Equity and Excellence in Maryland Higher Education, Inc., et al v. Maryland Higher Education Commission et al (desegregation challenge to Maryland’s higher education system; ITCA v. Arizona (challenge to Arizona’s documentation of citizenship requirement for voter registration applicants); and League of Women Voters v. Brunner (constitutional challenge to Ohio’s administration of elections). Prior to joining the Lawyers’ Committee in 2003, he served as senior trial attorney in the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice from 1997–2003. From 1993–1996, he was a litigation associate in the Los Angeles office of Dewey Ballantine LLP. Mr. Greenbaum received his law degree from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1993 and his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1989.

Alejandro T. Reyes (Moderator)
Counsel, Immigrant Rights Initiative and Legal Mobilization Project

Alejandro T. Reyes serves as Counsel for the Legal Mobilization Project, where he works on pressing civil rights issues related to fair housing, voting and immigrant rights. He also created and leads the First Generation Civil Rights Fellowship (FirstGEN) program and co-chairs the Lawyers’ Committee’s Fellowship Selection Committee. Prior to joining the Lawyers’ Committee, Reyes was an attorney with the Migrant Farmworker Justice Project, Inc., handling federal class action lawsuits and an Equal Justice Works Fellow with Gulfcoast Legal Services Inc., where he also advocated on behalf of migrant farmworkers and other immigrant groups. Reyes received his law degree from the Howard University School of Law and holds a B.A. in Politics from the University of California at Santa Cruz. In recognition of his leadership skills, he was selected as a fellow at the Center for American Progress Leadership Institute and as an NGen Fellow by the Independent Sector.

Ana Avendaño (Panelist)
Assistant to the President and Director of Immigration and Community Action, AFL-CIO

In her role as Assistant to the President and Director of Immigration and Community Action, Ms. Avendaño oversees efforts to broaden the labor movement through innovative labor-community partnerships and by connecting to Latino and immigrant communities.  She also advises national and local union leaders on domestic and international immigration policy and other matters that impact immigrant workers. Before joining the AFL-CIO, Ms. Avendaño served as Assistant General Counsel to the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union where she was actively involved in the development of the labor movement’s historic call for legalization and immigration reform. Ms. Avendaño is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and the University of California at Berkeley.

Tolu Olubunmi (Panelist)
Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Community Change

Tolu Olubunmi is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Center for Community Change (CCC), a national social justice organization. Tolu’s principal, though not exclusive, area of focus is policy analysis and legislative advocacy to win just and humane immigration reform for the 11 million aspiring Americans living within our borders. Tolu began her career in public policy as fellow with National Immigration Law Center (NILC), where she advocated for passage of the DREAM Act and access to postsecondary education for all immigrants. She then served as the communications director for the United We Dream Network (UWD) and led a communications task force of national DREAM Act stakeholders. Prior to joining CCC, Tolu ran a consulting firm specializing in communications, federal legislative and administrative policy analysis, and advocacy, to defend and advance human and civil rights. Tolu has been a leader in national and grassroots coalitions working to achieve commonsense immigration policies and has dedicated her career to promoting political, social, and economic equality of all people. She is an inaugural Leadership Institute fellow with the Center for American Progress and holds a Chemistry-Engineering degree from Washington and Lee University.

Emily Tulli (Panelist)
Policy Attorney, National Immigration Law Center

At the National Immigration Law Center, Ms. Tulli serves as a policy attorney and manages the organization’s Economic Justice Project. In this capacity, she advocates for expanding the rights of low-wage immigrant workers and analyzes federal legislative developments affecting immigrants in the workplace. Prior to joining NILC, Ms. Tulli served as a staff attorney at Change to Win in Washington, DC, and, prior to that, at Legal Services of New Jersey in Bridgeton, NJ. While at Legal Services, she represented low-wage immigrant clients in a variety of wage and hour cases, including  class actions, and participated in a significant amount of farm labor camp outreach and community education. Ms. Tulli holds a juris doctorate from The College of William and Mary.