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.
Dave Zirin: She is our Jordan. She is our Jim Brown. She is our Babe Ruth, calling his shots. She is no longer content to dodge bullets, but understands how to stop them. Serena is that rare athlete who has not only mastered her sport. She’s harnessed it.
Edward Wasserman: We now inhabit a world where the volume of personal data that’s routinely gathered by anonymous vendors is immeasurably greater and says much more about us than Clarence Thomas’s mere video rental records do.
Robert Reich: California’s property taxes are already much lower than the national average. So even if corporations pay their full share, they’re still getting a great deal.