Beth Werlin Named Executive Director of the American Immigration Council

April 6, 2016
For Immediate Release

Beth Werlin Named Executive Director of the American Immigration Council

April 6, 2016

Washington D.C. - Today, the Board of the American Immigration Council (Council) is announcing that Beth Werlin, Esq., will take the reigns as the new leader of the organization. Beth follows Ben Johnson, who left in January to become the Executive Director of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Beth has worked for the American Immigration Council since 2001 in multiples roles. First she served as a fellow, then staff attorney, followed by deputy director of the legal department and, most recently, as director of the policy team. She has been involved in nearly every major legal issue the Council has tackled over the past decade, including working to protect the rights of noncitizens and ensuring that the immigration agencies are held accountable for violations of the law. She has represented plaintiffs and amicus curiae in immigration litigation in the federal courts and before the Board of Immigration Appeals and is the author of numerous practice advisories.

Beth first joined the legal team in 2001 as an Equal Justice Works fellow (formerly NAPIL) and before that was a judicial law clerk at the immigration court in Boston, Massachusetts.  She earned her J.D. from Boston College Law School and her B.A. from Tufts University. 

“Beth’s deep commitment to the Council’s mission and its staff is only one of her many fine qualities,” said Paul Zulkie, President of the Board of Directors of the American Immigration Council. “Beth is also well-known and respected in the immigration law community. I cannot think of a better, more qualified candidate to lead the Council into the future.”

Beth is also an avid runner and lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband Michael Wiesenfelder and her two children, Sarah Rose and Aaron.


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