Statement on the Passing of Juan Osuna

August 17, 2017

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Statement on the Passing of Juan Osuna

WASHINGTON — The National Immigration Law Center mourns the passing of Juan Osuna, former director of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) and a former associate attorney general for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Division, who passed away unexpectedly this week in Falls Church, Virginia.

Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, issued the following statement:

“Juan Osuna will be remembered as a tireless and dedicated advocate for justice for immigrants. He had an unparalleled knowledge of our immigration court system. He was thoughtful, scholarly, and kind in his pursuit of a just and fair court system.

“Juan was an exemplary public servant whose commitment to fairness shone through throughout his tenure. The immigrant advocacy community lost a fierce ally this week. Our thoughts are with his wife, Wendy Young, the president of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), and his family during this difficult time.”

For more information about Osuna’s career and life, please visit

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