Carmen Iguina: Had it not been for that call from a friend, or that letter from the ACLU, Mario would have been lost in the immigration system, likely already deported back to his home country.
Why Guatemalans, Mexicans and other Latin Americans are coming to the United States and the poor are becoming poorer in their countries.
Carmen Iguina is staff attorney at the ACLU of Southern California. She joined ACLU SoCal in 2012 as an equal justice works fellow.
During her tenure, Carmen has worked with detained asylum seekers in Southern California, providing legal assistance, monitoring conditions of detention and developing and implementing advocacy strategies and impact litigation to enhance access to justice for this vulnerable population. She also works on Franco v. Holder, an action brought on behalf of immigration detainees with serious mental disabilities that seeks competency evaluations, appointment of counsel and bond hearings.
Prior to joining ACLU SoCal, Carmen clerked for the Honorable Kiyo A. Matsumoto on the United States Court District Court for the Eastern District of New York and for the Honorable Stephen R. Reinhardt on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Carmen graduated from Harvard University and New York University School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar.