Iván Espinoza-Madrigal is the Executive Director of Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR), an organization founded at the request of President Kennedy in the 1960s at the height of the civil rights movement. Under his leadership, LCR has become a hub for litigation, advocacy and resistance in response to social challenges. Iván has filed and won dozens of life-changing and law-changing cases on a wide range of civil rights issues, including racial justice, immigrants’ rights, and LGBT/HIV equality. His work is regularly featured in publications such as the New York Times. Iván recently led a Congressional delegation to monitor the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Central America, including violence, poverty, and displacement inextricably intertwined with climate change. Previously, he worked at Lambda Legal, MALDEF, and Fried Frank. Iván clerked in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the U.S. District Court, SDNY. The National LGBTQ+ Bar Association has recognized him as one of the Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40, and the Boston Business Journal included Iván in its “Top 40 Under 40” list in 2018. Iván recently received the Boston Bar Association’s Beacon Award. A summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, he received a Juris Doctor from NYU School of Law. Iván serves on the board of the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA).
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