Layla Razavi is AFSC’s Director of Human Migration and Mobility. Her work focuses on defeating anti-immigrant policies, including policies that facilitate the deportation of migrants, and the increased use and privatization of immigrant detention in the U.S. She also works with AFSC offices in the Middle East and Latin America to analyze the factors driving migration to the U.S.
Previously, Layla served as Advocacy and Policy Counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). During her time at the ACLU, Layla helped secure passage of pro-migrant victories in states and counties with unfavorable political climates, and successfully defeated high-threat, anti-immigrant state legislation. She has also worked as a policy analyst for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) and as the Statewide Policy Analyst at the California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC). She regularly testifies before legislative committees and provides legal and policy counsel to local and state advocates, community organizers and policy makers. She has also appeared in several news outlets, including Fox News Latino, Al Jazeera, and USA Today.
Layla has successfully argued citizenship cases in federal court, has helped immigrants secure asylum in the U.S., and provided pro bono, pro se and Know Your Rights assistance to immigrants detained in federal detention centers and local jails throughout the Southwest.
Layla holds a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of California, Davis School of Law. She was born and raised in San Diego, CA; her parents immigrated to California from Iran.