Wendy Wayne

Wendy Wayne, Chair, Commission on Immigration

Wendy Wayne, Chair, Commission on Immigration

WENDY WAYNE is the founder and Director of the Immigration Impact Unit at the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), the Massachusetts public defender agency, where she provides training and advice to court-appointed attorneys throughout Massachusetts and engages in systemic impact litigation on the interplay between immigration and criminal law. She is a frequent speaker locally and nationally on immigration enforcement issues. Prior to becoming an immigration expert, Wendy was a trial attorney at CPCS representing individuals charged with serious felonies. She has previously served on the Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council Task Force on Secure Communities, Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission and Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Wendy currently serves as the Chair of the American Bar Association Commission on Immigration. She was the recipient of the 2004 Political Asylum and Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project’s Detention Attorney Award and the 2018 CPCS Carol A. Donovan Award for Exceptional Advocacy.