2020 Racial Justice Breakfast

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 – 8:00-9:30 a.m.
Virtual Event

Hate & Bias in Our Immigration System




2020 Keynote Speaker Christina Fialho

Christina Fialho is the Co-Founder/Executive Director of Freedom for Immigrants (formerly CIVIC), a national nonprofit devoted to abolishing immigration detention.  As an attorney, she has spent over 15 years advocating for immigrants. She comes from three generations of immigrants from the Azores and Madeira Islands, autonomous regions of Portugal.  While in law school, Christina started the first immigration detention visitation program in California with her co-founder, Christina Mansfield. Since then, she has worked with her team at Freedom for Immigrants to mobilize a network of watchdog community members that visit weekly at approximately 70 immigration detention facilities, while creating an alternative model to detention that welcomes immigrants.

Christina also has drafted and passed several laws.  In 2017, she helped draft and Freedom for Immigrants co-sponsored the first statewide bill in the country to put a moratorium on immigration detention expansion, the Dignity Not Detention Act in California.  She also helped introduce and pass AB 103 to give California’s Attorney General $10 million to monitor immigration detention facilities (2017) and AB 32 to abolish private prisons in California (2019). In addition, Christina and her team drafted the Detention Oversight Not Expansion (DONE) Act in Congress, introduced in both houses in 2018 and 2019 to put a federal moratorium on detention expansion and fund community-based alternatives.  Christina also drafted a House budget amendment introduced by Rep. Pramila Jayapal that was approved in 2019 to prevent the diversion of funds from other government agencies to ICE for immigration enforcement.

Christina is a leading expert on immigration detention and appears frequently on national television and radio programs. She has been awarded the 2020 John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award, the 2018 James Irvine Leadership Award, a 2016 Ashoka Fellowship, and a 2012 Echoing Green Fellowship in recognition of her innovation and entrepreneurship.  She served as the first Social Entrepreneur in Residence at UC San Diego’s Rady School of Management, and she was appointed to the California Bar Association’s first Civil Justice Strategies Task Force. In 2017, she was featured in Grammy-winning artist Miguel’s music video “Now” about immigration, and in 2019, her organization was featured in Season 7 of Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black.






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