As National Director of Advocacy and Government Affairs, Joanne Lin leads a team of seven advocacy professionals specializing in international human rights. They work with Congress and the U.S. government to advance the human rights of refugees, asylum seekers, displaced peoples, and prisoners of conscience worldwide.
Joanne has extensive experience in immigration and refugee law and policy. For over a decade she directed the American Civil Liberties Union’s federal immigration policy advocacy program where she led national campaigns to end the Muslim registry, to oppose the Muslim ban and refugee ban, to eliminate profiteering in immigration detention, to end solitary confinement of immigration detainees, and to protect county courthouses from immigration arrests.
Joanne previously worked as a Senior Staff Attorney at Legal Momentum’s Immigrant Women Program where she was a principal drafter and negotiator of the immigration title of the 2005 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. For over five years Joanne represented immigrants in family law and immigration proceedings in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Joanne received her J.D. from New York University School of Law and her M.A. and B.A from Stanford University.