Iván Espinoza-Madrigal Executive Director


Iván Espinoza-Madrigal (@IvanEspinozaESQ) is the Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice. He is an expert in legal protections for people of color and immigrants. He has filed and won dozens of life-changing and law-changing cases across the country on behalf of people of color and immigrants. He advises federal and state policymakers on the legal needs of marginalized communities. His work is regularly featured in publications such as the New York Times.

A sought-after thought leader, Iván speaks nationally on racial justice and immigration issues. He often focuses on the legal needs of people who identify across intersecting lines of race, sexual orientation, gender identity, and immigration status.

Before joining the Lawyers’ Committee, Iván was the Legal Director of the Center for HIV Law and Policy (CHLP). At CHLP, he supervised a legal team on national projects using HIV as a lens to address racial justice, criminal justice, immigration, and public health issues.

Before joining CHLP, Iván worked at Lambda Legal, where he developed an initiative to address the legal needs of LGBT and HIV-affected people of color and low-income people. He also focused on marriage equality cases.

Previously, he handled MALDEF’s immigrant rights docket. He served as counsel in Friendly House v. Whiting, a challenge to Arizona’s anti-immigrant law, SB 1070, and was a member of the legal team that successfully defended Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District No. 1 v. Holder, 557 U.S. 193 (2009), a landmark U.S. Supreme Court voting rights case.

Before joining MALDEF, he was an associate at Fried Frank LLP. At the firm, he worked on the legal defense of an innovative municipal program in New Haven, Connecticut, that provides undocumented immigrants with an ID that allows them to receive city services they would not otherwise be able to access. Similar programs have now been rolled out in San Francisco and New York  – victories for immigrant rights that would not have been possible without the precedent set in New Haven.

Iván clerked in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. A summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, he received a Juris Doctor from NYU School of Law, where he was a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar.

Honors & Awards:

  • Martin Luther King Award in Social Justice, University of Pennsylvania (2018)
  • 40 Under 40 Rising Stars, NYU School of Law (2018)
  • Beacon Award, Boston Bar Association (2017)
  • Massachusetts’ 100 Most Influential People for the Latino Community (2017)
  • OUTLaw Alumnus of the Year Award, NYU School of Law (2016)
  • Boston’s 100 Most Influential People of Color (2016)
  • Community Service Award, Queens Pride House (2014)
  • 21st Century Fellow, Rockwood Leadership Institute (2013)
  • Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40, National LGBT Bar Assoc. (2012)

Iván was profiled as an “Emerging Leader Fighting For Justice” in the Boston Business Journal.

Read Iván’s posts on Huffington Post and follow him on Twitter.