NILC Welcomes New Board Member

January 27, 2023

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NILC Welcomes New Board Member

WASHINGTON — The National Immigration Law Center today announced the addition of Pedro Gerson, associate professor of law at California Western School of Law in San Diego, to the NILC board of directors.

“NILC is thrilled to welcome Pedro Gerson to its board,” said Sara K. Gould, NILC’s interim executive director. “Pedro’s expertise at the intersection of criminal law and immigration will be vital to our work as we continue to advocate for a 21st century immigration system that recognizes the humanity inherent in each of us.”

“I have long admired NILC’s dedication to advancing the rights of low-income immigrants in the United States,” said Pedro Gerson. “The road toward equity and dignity for all people – regardless of immigration status – is long. I look forward to continuing to fight for justice for the millions of immigrants who call the U.S. home, as well as making it easier for those who wish to come here, as a member of NILC’s board.”

Pedro Gerson is an Associate Professor of Law at California Western School of Law in San Diego, California. He writes and teaches in the areas of criminal law and immigration law. Prior to joining California Western, Gerson directed the Louisiana State University Immigration Clinic. The clinic provides immigration services for people in Louisiana, handling a wide range of immigration matters, from naturalization and asylum petitions to removal defense. Before joining the LSU Law Center faculty, Gerson served as an immigration staff attorney at The Bronx Defenders in New York City, a public defender nonprofit.

Gerson previously held several positions in Mexico City, including as a researcher and project manager at the Instituto Mexicano para la Competitividad (IMCO), a think tank. He also worked in government, in the National Digital Strategy Unit of the Office of the President of Mexico. While in Mexico, he was an adjunct professor in the economics and law departments at Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México and Universidad Iberoamericana.

Gerson is a regular contributor to diverse media outlets in both Mexico and the U.S., such as Slate and Animal Político.