- Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice
Iván Espinoza-Madrigal is the Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice. In a decade as a public interest lawyer, Iván has worked on a wide range of civil rights issues, including racial justice, immigrant rights, and LGBT/HIV equality. His work has been featured in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times and he speaks nationally on civil rights issues;contributes writing to the the Huffington Post; and provides legal commentary to CNN, Univision, and Telemundo.
Before joining the Lawyers’ Committee, Iván was the legal director of the Center for HIV Law and Policy (CHLP), where he supervised the organization’s lawyers and staff in legal and policy projects across the country. He has also 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. 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.
Before joining MALDEF, he was an associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson 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. A summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, he received a Juris Doctor from NYU School of Law. The National LGBT Bar Association has recognized Iván as one of the Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40.