Mony Ruiz-Velasco


Mony is an attorney and was in private immigration law practice for the last three years. Previously, she worked at the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) for nearly thirteen years, where she became the legal director. She supervised and oversaw the delivery of legal services for thousands of detained and non-detained individuals each year. Mony works alongside immigrant families, women, LGBTQ immigrants, as well as other vulnerable populations, such as unaccompanied minors and survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking and other crimes. Mony has actively collaborated with community leaders and organizers on anti-deportation and anti-criminalization campaigns. She has worked on multiple public and media campaigns on behalf of immigrants and their families with leaders of the #not1more and the No Papers, No Fear campaigns. She also served as attorney for three participants in the #1of11million campaign and as counsel for the campaign in partnership with Define American. She has advised members of Congress and their staff regarding policy and legislation including the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act and immigration reform bills. Mony serves as an attorney advisor forOrganized Communities Against Deportations in Illinois (OCAD). Mony is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the National Lawyers Guild. She frequently is speaks at conferences, trainings and events. Previously, Mony was an attorney advisor under the Attorney General’s Honors Program at the Executive Office for Immigration Review in San Antonio and Harlingen, Texas. She graduated from St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas in 1999. Mony is licensed in Texas. Mony is the daughter of Mexican immigrants and has lived in Mexico and the United States and is fluent in Spanish. She is queer and is the mother of three children, Chris, Emma and Liam.

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