Ross Hall 117
Co-Founder & Co-executive Director of
Freedom for Immigrants
The GW School of Medicine and Health Science's Office of Diversity and Inclusion invites you to the 4th Annual GW SMHS Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture honoring Dr. King's advocacy for human rights. Christina Fialho, J.D., co-founder and co-executive director of Freedom for Immigrants, formerly Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC), will offer our GW community a dynamic and thought-provoking talk on immigration policies and detention issues.
Christina is an attorney, immigration detention expert and has spent 15 years advocating for immigrants. She has assisted in defending immigrants from detention and deportation, with a focus on representing LGBTQ asylum seekers. She has argued cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the U.S. Immigration Courts. Christina has worked as a program coordinator for Upwardly Global in San Francisco and a research fellow for the Global Detention Project in Geneva, Switzerland. Her media appearances include MSNBC’s The Beat with Ari Melber, Hardball with Chris Matthews, NBC, CBS, NPR’s All Things Considered, and many other national television and radio programs. In 2017, she was featured in Grammy-winning artist Miguel's music video, “Now,” and in 2019, her organization was featured in Season 7 of Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black. Her work also has been in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, BBC News, Associated Press, Rolling Stone Magazine, Teen Vogue, la Repubblica, and Univision and Telemundo, among others.