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Immigration advocates around the country are needed more than ever to protect and defend our immigrant brothers and sisters from hateful rhetoric, policies and actions.

For our opening plenary session, Father Sean Carroll, Executive Director of the Kino Border Initiative, will speak about the realities of immigration in the border region and local responses to immigration and border policies over the years. 

This year we will also a second plenary session on Thursday, May 31 as part of CLINIC’s 30th anniversary lunch. Check back soon to learn about our other plenary speakers.


Keynote and Plenary Speakers

Jesuit Father Sean Carroll has since 2009 been the executive director of the Kino Border Initiative, a binational collaboration on the Arizona-Sonora border.

Donald M. Kerwin, Jr. has directed the Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS) since September 2011. 

Bishop Jaime Soto is a California native and the eldest of seven siblings in a Mexican-American family. 

Guest Speakers

Conn Schrader became the Director of the National Visa Center in July 2017, following his assignment in Singapore as Consular Section Chief.

Ryan Dinzeo has been an immigrant visa specialist at the Department of State’s National Visa Center since 2009.

Sarah Flagel serves as the Legal Supervisor of the Immigration Legal Services team at World Relief DuPage/Aurora in the suburbs of Chicago. 

Since July 2004, Mr. Tebbe has served as Executive Director of the Indiana Catholic Conference (ICC).

Amelia Steadman McGowan is the Program Director of the Migrant Support Center at Catholic Charities, Inc., of Jackson, and also teaches Immigration Law and the Immigration Clinic at Mississippi College School of Law.

Jim Kuh is the Senior Director, Immigration and Refugee Services for Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), a 165-member agency association of the nationwide Catholic Charities network, the largest private provider of human services in the United States.

Lynn Tramonte is the Deputy Director of America’s Voice and America’s Voice Education Fund.

Margaret Regan is the author of two prizewinning books on immigration.

Diego Adame is native to the border region and graduated from New Mexico State University, where he was the Art Director for the NM State University Basketball team.

André Valotaire is currently Minister Counsellor at the Embassy of Canada, where he is responsible for the migration portfolio, as well as for overseeing the operations of Canada’s migration offices in Los Angeles and New York.

Lucero is a seasoned attorney with extensive experience as a public policy leader and direct legal services provider.

Allison Posner is the Chief of Casework at the Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman. 

Vanessa Ceceña is the Director of Immigrant Services at Catholic Charities, Diocese of San Diego.

Vice Chairman Verlon M. Jose is from the Tohono O’odham Nation in southern Arizona.

Ambassador Altidor spent his early years where he was born in Jérémie, Haiti.