University of St. Thomas School of Law adjunct professor Kathy Moccio is the 2015 honoree of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIPNLG).
An attorney with the Hennepin County Public Defender’s office, Moccio was recognized by the organization for her outstanding work on behalf of immigrants’ rights and for her long-time dedication to helping asylum seekers and unaccompanied minors. She began working pro bono in 2005 with children in Texas detention centers and continues to defend immigrants’ rights through writing, speaking and mentoring lawyers. She also teaches immigration law at UST School of Law.
The NIPNLG recognized Moccio at the American Immigration Lawyers Association member reception June 19 in National Harbor, Maryland. The organization chooses one lawyer each year for the award.
In an interview with the Star Tribune, Moccio said, “A lot of immigration law is dehumanizing. This person is a member of our community. They are human beings, and they deserve to be treated as such.”