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.
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.
Treva Brandon Scharf: Confident people don’t bash themselves; they don’t let negative thinking and self-loathing screw up a good workout or undermine their progress.
Edward Wasserman: The larger question, to me, was less why she did what she did, but why everybody seemed to care so much, and why her case provoked so much anger.
Joe Mathews: But with immigration flatlining and the climate drying up, it may soon be.