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Crystal Williams


Crystal Williams is executive director of AILA. She also has been deputy director for Programs, as well as director of Liaison & Information, for AILA, and served with the Policy & Planning office of legacy Immigration and Naturalization Service. Previously, she practiced immigration law in Atlanta. Prior to that, she served as director of the Legalization Assistance/Appeals Project for the American Immigration Law Foundation (now the American Immigration Council). She previously managed such periodicals as Interpreter Releases and Immigration Briefings. She is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center.


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Selected Recent Blog Posts:
Traitor? Not So Much. (AILA Leadership Blog, February 19, 2015)
TODAY (AILA Leadership Blog, September 11, 2013)
On Tap for Tuesday's Hearing: Nonimmigrant Visas (AILA Leadership Blog, May 13, 2013)

Selected Opinion Pieces:
Help, not detention needed at border (The Hill, July 23, 2014)

Recent Articles Quoting Ms. Williams
Tension Brews Between ICE And Immigration Advocates Over Deportation Policies (Huffington Post, March 26, 2015)
A Bumpy Road on Immigration (U.S. News & World Report, February 23, 2015)
U.S. should protect rights, and end detention, of asylum seekers (Minnesota Post, November 20, 2014)
Undocumented Immigrants Are Lawyering Up (National Journal, April 21, 2014)

Selected Recent Videos:
Legal Challenges to President Obama's Immigration Executive Action (C-SPAN, February 19, 2015)
AILA Quicktake #96: AILA Recommendations on Administrative Reform (September 5, 2014)

Selected Radio Appearances:
President sets immigration enforcement priorities, still gives discretion to border agents (KPCC, November 24, 2014)