Immigrant Advocacy After the Midterms:
Perspectives from National Organizers and Advocates


Join us on Tuesday, December 4th from 8:30am-10am for a post-midterm discussion with Immigration Advocates Network partners working in immigration policy, organizing, and litigation.

Immigration Advocates Network Director, Rodrigo Camarena, will moderate a panel of distinguished guests:

  • Ali Noorani, Executive Director - National Immigration Forum (NIF)
  • Ruthie Epstein, Senior Policy Analyst - American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
  • Jess Morales Rocketto, Political Director - National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA)
  • Trina Realmuto, Directing Attorney - American Immigration Council (AIC)
  • Laura Atkinson-Hope, Managing Attorney, Global Pro Bono - Latham & Watkins LLP

Join us to hear from national immigration advocates and leaders on how the results of midterm elections will impact immigrant communities, policies, advocacy strategies, and the role of pro bono.

The event will be livestreamed on the Immigration Advocates Network’s Facebook page. To register for the online event please visit the Immigration Advocates Network Facebook page

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Rodrigo Camarena
Immigration Advocates Network Director

Rodrigo Camarena is the Director of the Immigration Advocates Network, the largest network of nonprofit legal advocates committed to defending immigrants. Rodrigo was formerly Strategy Director at Purpose Campaigns where he developed advocacy campaigns, digital products and brand strategies for international NGOs and US-based nonprofits. Prior to Purpose, Rodrigo served in the Bloomberg and De Blasio administrations where he led municipal initiatives designed to tackle economic inequality. Rodrigo is also the former Executive Director and current Board Chairperson of the Mixteca Organization - an immigrant advocacy organization based in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.


Ali Noorani
Executive Director, National Immigration Forum

Ali Noorani is the Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, a non-partisan advocacy organization working with faith, law enforcement and business leaders to promote the value of immigrants and immigration. Growing up in California as the son of Pakistani immigrants, Ali quickly learned how to forge alliances among people of wide-ranging backgrounds, a skill that has served him extraordinarily well as one of the nation’s most innovative coalition builders.

Ruthie Epstein
Senior Policy Analyst, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Ruthie Epstein joined the ACLU in 2013. She currently works as a senior policy analyst on immigrants' rights. Previously, she served as deputy advocacy director at the New York affiliate of the ACLU, and as a lobbyist on immigration and criminal justice in the ACLU's Washington Legislative Office. From 2005 to 2013, Ruthie worked at Human Rights First in New York. She led the organization's detention reform advocacy, authored reports on immigration detention and the Iraqi SIV program, and convened the five-part nationwide event series "Dialogues on Detention: Applying Lessons from Criminal Justice Reform to the Immigration Detention System." She started at HRF as a program associate in the pro bono asylum legal representation program, working directly with asylum seeker clients.

Jess Morales Rocketto
Political Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA)

Jess Morales Rocketto is the Political Director of the NDWA and Executive Director of Care in Action, where she spearheads political advocacy campaigns on economic justice, immigration reform, sexual harassment, and the future of work for the 2.5 million domestic workers in this country. She is also the Chair of Families Belong Together, the campaign to end family separation, and We Belong Together, NDWA's feminist campaign for immigration reform. Jess is an alumna of Hillary for America, the AFL-CIO, Obama for America, the Democratic National Committee, Rebuild the Dream, and the New Organizing Institute.

Trina Realmuto
Directing Attorney, American Immigration Council

Trina Realmuto is Directing Attorney at the American Immigration Council. She litigates before the federal courts on issues related to removal defense, government accountability, and the rights of noncitizens. Previously, Trina served as the Litigation Director of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild and as a consulting attorney to the Council. In addition, she has worked abroad representing noncitizens applying for visas at U.S. embassies and consulates. Trina began her career as an associate attorney at Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale in San Francisco. With twenty years of experience, Trina has litigated and argued several precedent decisions on behalf of individuals and classes and amicus curiae, written numerous practice advisories, and is a frequent presenter on immigration issues. In 2015, the American Immigration Lawyers Association awarded her the Jack Wasserman Memorial Award for Excellence in Litigation.

Laura Atkinson-Hope
Managing Attorney, Global Pro Bono, Latham & Watkins LLP

Laura Atkinson-Hope serves as the Global Pro Bono Managing Attorney for Latham & Watkins and is responsible for managing, coordinating, and advancing the firm’s world-wide pro bono practice and public service efforts. Her particular focus is on pro bono immigration and refugee law. Ms. Atkinson-Hope joined the firm’s New York office as an associate in the Finance Department in 2013, where she represented corporate borrowers and financial institutions in leveraged finance transactions. As an associate, Ms. Atkinson-Hope also served as the Co-Chair of the Pro Bono Asylum Program for the New York office. Prior to joining Latham & Watkins, Ms. Atkinson-Hope worked at another global law firm in New York and Sanctuary for Families in New York.

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  • american immigration lawyers association
  • national immigration law center
  • unidos us
  • immigration legal resource center
  • immigration legal resource center
  • american immigration council
  • american civil liberties union
  • american immigration council
  • national immigration project
  • the advocates for human rights
  • lutheran immigration and refugee service
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