Christina Fialho Co-founder and executive director, Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC)

Christina Fialho is the Co-Founder/Executive Director of Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC). She is a current recipient of an Echoing Green Fellowship and a Steering Committee Member of the Detention Watch Network. Christina is a member of the State Bar of California, and has argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and has helped defend immigrants before the U.S. Immigration Courts.

Prior to starting CIVIC, Christina co-founded the first immigration detention visitation program in California, researched immigration detention internationally for the Global Detention Project, and worked at Upwardly Global to build more inclusive hiring practices for skilled immigrants in the United States. She received her J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law where she was an editor of the law review, and her B.A. summa cum laude from Santa Clara University. She also studied Philosophy and English Literature at Oxford University on an academic scholarship. For more about Christina, visit CIVIC’s website at

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