Iván Espinoza-Madrigal is the Executive Director of Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR), an organization that filed the first lawsuits in the country against the Trump Administration to protect sanctuary cities; to save TPS on behalf of Honduran and Salvadoran immigrants; and to block immigration arrests in courthouses. Iván has filed and won dozens of life-changing and law-changing cases on a wide range of civil rights issues, including racial justice, immigrants’ rights, and LGBT/HIV equality. Under his leadership, LCR has become a hub for litigation, advocacy, and resistance in response to the current climate.
Previously, he worked at Lambda Legal, MALDEF, and Fried Frank LLP. Iván clerked in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the U.S. District Court, SDNY. The National LGBT Bar Association has recognized him as one of the Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40, and the Boston Business Journal included Iván in its “Top 40 Under 40” list in 2018. The Boston Globe has recognized him as one of Boston’s 100 Most Influential People of Color, and El Planeta’s “Powermeter” list featured him among the 100 Most Influential People in Massachusetts.
A summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, he received a Juris Doctor from NYU School of Law, where he was a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar. NYU recently named him “LGBT Alumnus of the Year.” Iván recently received the Boston Bar Association’s Beacon Award, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Martin Luther King Award in Social Justice.