As senior planner, Mike provides support to the National Qualified Representative Program (NQRP)—which provides government-funded legal representation for mentally incompetent detained immigrants—and works to advance the strategic priorities of the Center on Immigration and Justice. He joined Vera in 2012 as a senior program associate in the Legal Orientation Program (LOP).
Prior to joining Vera, Mike worked as the asylum advocacy associate at Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) in Washington, DC. He led PHR’s efforts to enact reforms to the asylum and immigration detention systems, co-authored reports on the use of solitary confinement in immigration detention, and trained doctors who performed forensic evaluations of asylum seekers on immigration law.
Mike came to PHR from the Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project in Los Angeles. He worked as an attorney on Esperanza’s LOP team, conducted CLE classes on asylum law, and represented detained immigrants in removal proceedings.
He received his BA from the George Washington University, an MA in Arab Studies from Georgetown University, and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center. During law school, Mike worked in Vera’s Washington, DC office as a staff member of the Commission on Safety and Abuse in America’s Prisons.