Fall Daynard Lecture: Linda Rivas

Fall 2021 Daynard Public Interest Visiting Fellow
Executive Director and Managing Attorney, Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center

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Linda Rivas is executive director and managing attorney of Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center, a 32-year-old organization dedicated to the legal needs of low-income migrants. Las Americas’ mission is dedicated to asylum seekers, family reunification and advocating for the dignity and rights of all migrants. During the Trump administration, Rivas represented and led efforts to reunite families who were separated as a result of the “Zero-Tolerance” immigration policy and the “Remain in Mexico” policy.

Rivas is also a co-founder of the Borderland Immigration Council (BIC), a local Texas group of attorneys, activists and advocacy groups formed to help address the dire situation of due process abuses, family separation and abuse of discretion that immigrants and refugees face during the course of their legal immigration cases.

Rivas was born in Mexico and raised in El Paso, Texas, from the age of 4. She attended The University of Texas at El Paso and completed her studies with a bachelor of arts in psychology with a minor in legal reasoning. She earned her JD at Loyola College of Law in New Orleans. During law school, Rivas clerked with the US Department of Justice, Executive Office of Immigration Review. At the beginning of her career, Rivas advocated for children in the child welfare system as an attorney ad-litem. She went on to become the West Texas VAWA (Violence Against Women’s Act) manager for the Texas Civil Rights Project in El Paso.

Rivas’ work has been featured in various national media outlets, including “The Rachel Maddow Show,” NPR, PBS, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Texas Tribune, Harper’s Bazaar and more.

October 4, 2021

12:15 pm to 1:30 pm