Donald Kerwin has served as Executive Director of the Center for Migration Studies since September 2011. Prior to joining CMS, Mr. Kerwin served as Vice-President for Programs at the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), where he coordinated MPI’s programs and wrote on US immigration, refugee and labor standards issues. Before joining MPI, Mr. Kerwin worked for 16 years at the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), serving as that agency’s Executive Director for 15 years. CLINIC, a subsidiary of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), is a public interest legal corporation that supports a national network of more than 200 charitable legal programs for immigrants. Upon his arrival at CLINIC in 1992, Mr. Kerwin coordinated the agency’s political asylum project for Haitians.
Mr. Kerwin is a non-resident senior fellow at MPI. He also serves as an associate fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center, where he co-directs Woodstock’s Theology of Migration Project; on the American Bar Association’s Commission on Immigration; and on the board of directors for the Border Network for Human Rights. He previously served on the Council on Foreign Relations’ Immigration Task Force; on the board of directors of Jesuit Refugee Services-USA; and on the founding board of the Capital Area Immigrant Rights Coalition. Mr. Kerwin writes and speaks extensively on immigration policy issues.