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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

Anna Marie Gallagher became executive director of CLINIC in February 2019. She has practiced immigration and refugee law for more than three decades. Her experience has included teaching law at the University of Deusto in Spain and at Georgetown University Law Center, and co-founding human rights organizations in Europe and Guatemala.

Convening keynote speaker, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, spoke in depth about Pope Francis’s support for migrants and refugees at the opening plenary.

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Bishop DiMarzio is currently a member of CLINIC’s Board of Directors, chairman of the board of the Center for Migration Studies and a member of the board of the Migration Policy Institute. He has spent much of his ministry focused on how the Catholic Church can assist refugees and immigrants.

Guest Speakers

Jeanne M. Atkinson was the Executive Director of CLINIC from March 2013 until February 2019. 

Rev. Susan Brouillette is the Program Director for Healthy Families and Sustainable Communities at Lafayette Urban Ministry.

Ingrid Delgado represents the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops on issues of human life, dignity, and social justice before the legislative and executive branches of government and private organizations.

Sister Sally is treasurer of the board of directors of CLINIC.

Peggy Gleason is a Senior Staff Attorney with the Immigrant Legal Resource Center. She previously worked for the DHS Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman office. She worked in CLINIC's training and technical support division from 1987 until 2010.

Sister Ruth Anne Harkins, IHM is the Associate Campus Minister for Graduate and Professional Students at the Catholic University of America.

Marguerite "Peg" Harmon is Vice Chairman at Catholic Charities USA.

Melissa Hastings is a Policy Advisor at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops / Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS).

Donald Kerwin has directed the Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS) since September 2011. He previously worked for the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) between 1992 and 2008, serving as its Executive Director (ED) for 15 years and its interim ED for a short period thereafter. 

Ken Montenegro supports social movements using his skills as both a technologist and lawyer. He has been practicing technology with nonprofits for close to 20 years. Those 20 years encompass research, planning, implementation, and evaluation of technology solutions. Ken has performed this work as both a staff member and consultant.

Francis J. (Frank) Mulcahy is Executive Director of the Georgia Catholic Conference and a member of CLINIC's board of directors. 

Laura is a lobbyist for NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, and her job is to develop and execute strategies to advance our agenda on Capitol Hill and with the Administration.

Allison Posner joined the Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman as Chief of Casework in 2015. Ms. Posner previously served as the Director of Advocacy at the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), engaging with CLINIC’s members and federal agencies on issues of importance to immigrants.

Ann Rodgers has been the communications director for the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh and general manager of The Pittsburgh Catholic newspaper since late 2013.

Sandra joined the Immigration Advocates Network in October 2013. As Citizenshipworks Program Manager, Sandra leads strategy implementation and assists in product development of Citizenshipworks – a free online tool that helps individuals apply for citizenship.