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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

Conn Schrader became the Director of the National Visa Center in July 2017, following his assignment in Singapore as Consular Section Chief. Conn joined the Foreign Service in 2002 and has served in the Department of State’s Visa Office in Washington and in a variety of overseas posts, including the Dominican Republic, Malaysia, Poland, and Iraq.

Sirine Shebaya is the Interim Legal Director for Muslim Advocates, where she leads the organization’s legal docket. Her work focuses on the Muslim Ban, immigrants’ rights, surveillance, prisoners’ rights, religious liberty, and other civil rights matters affecting Muslim, Arab, and South Asian communities. 

Denise Noonan Slavin retired from her position as an Immigration Judge on March 30, 2019. She was appointed as a Judge in April 1995, and served initially on the bench in Miami from 1995 to 2005.

Professor Sheila I Vélez Martínez is the Jack and Lovell Olender Professor of Asylum Refugee and Immigration Law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Courtney A. Winship is the Chief of the Digital Services Division in the Office of Citizenship and Applicant Information Services at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.