AILA Inspires Series

These limited seating "TED-Talk"- inspired sessions will feature guest speakers who will use their unique perspectives to engage, inspire, and/or ignite the AILA community.

Friday, June 21

12:25 pm-1:25 pm
Congressional Speaker Series: State of Immigration in the 116th Congress

sponsored by Immigrants' List Civic Action

Sun A, Convention Center Ballroom Level

How will immigration law be impacted by legislation this session? Who are the leaders in Congress on this issue and what is their strategy for moving forward? Hear our panel of elected officials, staffers, and political experts discuss these issues with Immigrants' List board members.


  • Introduction by: Ira J. Kurzban, AILA Author, Kurzban’s Immigration Law Sourcebook/AILA Past President/ Immigrants’ List Civic Action Founding Member and Board of Directors, Miami, FL
  • Benjamin Johnson (DL), AILA Executive Director, Washington, D.C.
  • U.S. Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, Seattle, WA*
  • U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, Miami, FL*
  • U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy, Orlando, FL*
  • Betsy Lawrence, Counsel, Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship, House Judiciary Committee, Washington, D.C.
  • John Miyasato, President, Crossroads Campaigns Solutions, Washington, D.C.

Immigrants' List Civic Action is a 501(c)4 organization, aimed at providing education about the importance of immigration reform, and mobilizing voters around the issue.

Saturday, June 22

Ahilan Arulanantham

12:25 pm-1:25 pm
Searching for Our North Star: Reflections on Two Decades of Immigrants’ Rights Advocacy

sponsored by AILA/American Immigration Council's Immigration Justice Campaign

AILA Inspires Theater, AILA Learning Lab, Hall A, Convention Center Exhibit Level

From inside the jails holding Muslim immigrants after 9/11, to courtrooms filled with unrepresented children fleeing violence in Central America, to the U.S. Supreme Court argument challenging the prolonged imprisonment of immigrants, Ahilan will tell stories from his work as a human rights lawyer and offer a positive vision of a future where justice can be had by all.


  • Ahilan Arulanantham, Senior Counsel, ACLU of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

* = invited, not confirmed