November 13, 2008
Contact: Michelle Mittelstadt
WASHINGTON – Donald M. Kerwin Jr., longtime executive
director of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC),
recently joined the Migration Policy Institute as vice president
for programs, MPI President Demetrios Papademetriou announced
Kerwin, a leading expert working at the intersection of
the immigration, immigrant integration and legal services fields, “will
help strengthen MPI both in its analytical and management areas
as the institute grows,” Papademetriou
said. Kerwin spent nearly 15 years as executive director of CLINIC, a public-interest
legal corporation that supports a national network of 173 charitable legal programs
for immigrants. During his tenure, CLINIC coordinated the nation's largest political
asylum, detainee services, immigration appeals and naturalization programs.
his new role, Kerwin will be responsible for all MPI programs
while continuing in his role as a frequent media commentator.
He serves as an advisor to the American Bar Association's Commission
on Immigration, on the Council on Foreign Relations' Immigration
Task Force and the board of directors of Jesuit Refugee Services-USA,
and as an associate fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center.
arrival, MPI Vice President and Director of Studies Michael Fix
was promoted to senior vice president. Fix also serves as co-director
of MPI’s National
Center on Immigrant Integration Policy.
Papademetriou also announced
that respected demographer Randy Capps has joined MPI as senior
policy analyst. Capps comes to MPI from the Urban Institute,
where he served as the institute’s lead immigration researcher
for the past three years. At MPI, his research will focus on
immigrants in the U.S. labor force; education of immigrants’ children;
immigrant integration strategies; and the impacts of immigration
enforcement on families and communities, among other topics.
earlier this year, noted immigration and Latino issues analyst
Roberto Suro joined MPI as a senior non-resident scholar and
senior adviser to Papademetriou. Suro, who is on the journalism
faculty of the University of Southern California’s
Annenberg School for Communication, was founding director of
the Pew Hispanic Center, a research group established with support
from the Pew Charitable Trusts.
“We are delighted at the depth of experience that Don, Randy
and Roberto bring to the Migration Policy Institute,” Papademetriou
said. “Each is a leader in his field of expertise, and their
arrival speaks to our determination to further grow MPI’s
research and expertise at a time when immigration matters are of
ever greater importance in the United States and around the world.”
The Migration Policy Institute is an independent,
non-partisan, non-profit think tank in Washington, DC dedicated
to analysis of the movement of people worldwide. MPI provides
analysis, development and evaluation of migration and refugee
policies at the local, national and international levels.