During this webinar, we’ll discuss how ICE operates and goes about detaining and deporting hundreds of thousands of people a year. Designed for those new to the fight against ICE, this webinar will provide an overview of how ICE operates as well as an overview of local efforts to push back against ICE’s increasingly aggressive tactics. You’ll walk away from this webinar with a deeper understanding of the various mechanisms ICE employs to identify, arrest, and deport people along with clear strategies and tools that can be used by advocates to protect our communities.
Nikki joined the ILRC in October of 2015. Nikki focuses on immigration enforcement issues, including efforts to limit local law enforcement's cooperation with federal immigration agencies. She contributes to ILRC's work with schools and develops know-your-rights resources. Nikki also works on ILRC's manuals, practice advisories, webinars, and other resources. Nikki has co-authored several publications including Hardship in Immigration Law: How to Prepare Winning Applications for Hardship Waivers and Cancellation of Removal (ILRC), Know Your Rights: A Train the Trainer Toolkit, Arming the Community with Education (ILRC), The Rise of Sanctuary: Getting Local Officers out of the Business of Deportations in the Trump Era (ILRC), Searching for Sanctuary: An Analysis of America's Counties & Their Voluntary Assistance with Deportations (ILRC), and Local Options for Protecting Immigrants: A Collection of City and County Policies to Protect Immigrants from Discrimination and Deportation (ILRC).
In law school, Nikki participated in the Immigrants' Rights Clinic and worked at the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project. Prior to law school, Nikki worked at Polaris, an anti-human trafficking organization, where she focused on state policy and worked on their National Human Trafficking Hotline. Nikki has also worked on issues related to economic security for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
Nikki earned her law degree from Stanford Law School. She received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University, where she majored in public policy and economics. Nikki also received a master’s degree in international relations and international economics from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She is admitted to the California bar. She is conversant in Spanish.
Grisel Ruiz is a Supervising Attorney in San Francisco where she focuses on the intersection between immigration law and criminal law. This includes advising attorneys and advocates on the immigration consequences of criminal offenses, training on removal defense, and supporting local and statewide campaigns to push back on immigration enforcement. In addition to technical assistance, training, and campaign support in these areas, Grisel also helps lead the ILRC’s state legislative work. Grisel is currently the Board Chair for Freedom for Immigrants (formerly CIVIC), a nonprofit that advocates for detained immigrants.
Prior to working with the ILRC, Grisel was a litigation associate at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and a Stimson Fellow housed at the UC Davis Law School Immigration Clinic and California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation. As a legal fellow, she co-founded “Know Your Rights” programs at local immigration detention centers, for which she received an award from Cosmo for Latinas.
Grisel is an immigrant herself and earned her law degree from the University of Chicago where she received the Tony Patiño Fellowship. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, where she dual majored in Political Science and Spanish Literature. Grisel is admitted to the bar in California is fluent in Spanish.