Jennie Pasquarella is director of immigrants' rights for the ACLU of California and senior staff attorney at the ACLU of Southern California. She joined ACLU SoCal in 2008.
Jennie specializes in immigrants’ rights litigation and policy advocacy. Her work currently focuses on the intersection of immigration enforcement and the criminal justice systems, as well as federal immigration national security policy that discriminates against Muslim immigrants and prevents them from naturalizing or receiving other immigration benefits.
Jennie’s current cases include Roy v. County of Los Angeles and Gonzalez v. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, both class action challenges to the constitutionality of immigration detainers; Muhanna v. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a case challenging a covert national security program known as CARRP, which has unlawfully barred tens of thousands of Muslim applicants from becoming citizens and lawful immigrants in the U.S.; and ACLU SoCal v. USCIS, a case under the Freedom of Information Act to uncover greater information about the CARRP program.
Prior to joining ACLU SoCal, Jennie was a legal fellow/staff attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights and the ACLU Women’s Rights Project, both in New York.
She is a graduate of Barnard College and Georgetown University Law Center, where she earned her J.D. with a certificate in refugee and humanitarian emergencies and was a Public Interest Law Scholar.