Efrén C. Olivares is the Deputy Legal Director of the Immigrant Justice Project at the Southern Poverty Law Center. He was the lead lawyer in a successful landmark petition to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on behalf of families separated under the Zero Tolerance policy. He previously directed the Racial and Economic Justice Program at the Texas Civil Rights Project. His writings on immigration law and policy have appeared in the New York Times, USA Today, and Newsweek, and he has testified before Congress about immigration and border policies. Part of his work representing separated families was featured in the 2019 CBS News Documentary "The Faces of Family Separation."
Olivares was the first member of his family to attend college. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Yale Law School. His book is "My Boy Will Die of Sorrow: A Memoir of Immigration from the Front Lines."
Communities: Hispanic or Latinx, Immigrant, first book