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For Immediate Release
Mark J. McGrath, Chief Development Officer


Immigration Advocates Network Announces a New Director


NEW YORK, NY (November 5th, 2018) The Immigration Advocates Network, the largest network of nonprofit legal advocates committed to defending immigrants, is pleased to announce their new Director, Rodrigo Camarena. 

Rodrigo has dedicated his career to improving the lives of immigrants and those who are vulnerable and marginalized by laws, policies, and inadequate services. With a background in public policy, digital organizing, and civic tech, Rodrigo brings over a decade of experience in social justice and immigrant advocacy to the Immigration Advocates Network. Rodrigo previously worked as a Strategy Director at Purpose Campaigns where he launched new movements and digital 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.

Rodrigo joined Pro Bono Net as Director of Immigration Advocates Network this July, and has already made a strong impression as a valued colleague who brings new skills and perspective to the organization. 

"It's an honor to join the Immigration Advocates Network as their new Director. For over a decade, the Immigration Advocates Network and our partners have worked to defend and protect the rights of immigrants by scaling access to immigration legal resources through our national member network and innovative use of technology. With the rise of family separations, increase in anti-immigrant policies and detentions, and the daily attacks to our immigrant neighbors, the work of the Immigration Advocates Network and our national partners is now more critical than ever," said Rodrigo Camarena, Director of the Immigration Advocates Network.

In 2008, Pro Bono Net co-founded, with leading immigrants' rights organizations, the Immigration Advocates Network (IAN), to promote more effective and efficient collaboration in the immigrants' rights sector. With more than 6,000 members, IAN supports the largest network of nonprofit and pro bono immigration law practitioners, to whom it provides access to free online training resources, webinars, weekly practice tips and other benefits. IAN has have created award-winning websites and mobile applications - www.citizenshipworks.org, www.immi.org, www.standwithimmigrants.org, and Immigo - to help immigrants on the path to security. IAN's web-based tools answer questions about eligibility, explain complex processes, provide referrals to legal help, enable immigrants to safely and securely help themselves, as well as allowing lawyers to provide remote consultations and document review.

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About Immigration Advocates Network

The Immigration Advocates Network (IAN) is a collaborative effort of leading immigrants' rights organizations to increase access to justice for immigrants and strengthen the capacity of organizations serving them. IAN's partners include Pro Bono Net, the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project, American Bar Association Commission on Immigration, American Immigration Council, American Immigration Lawyers Association, ASISTA, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, National Immigration Law Center, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, The Advocates for Human Rights, and UnidosUS. To learn more, visit www.immigrationadvocates.org.

About Pro Bono Net

Pro Bono Net is a national nonprofit dedicated to increasing access to justice for the disadvantaged. Through innovative technology solutions and expertise in building and mobilizing justice networks, Pro Bono Net transforms the way legal help reaches those in need. Its programs and technology empower the public with information and self-help tools to improve their lives, equip advocates with the resources to make a stronger impact, and mobilize volunteers to expand help available. To learn more, visit www.probono.net.



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