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Ana Ortega Villegas

Advocacy Strategist, Refugee Protection

As Advocacy Strategist, Ana works to protect the rights of refugees and asylum seekers and ensure the United States commits to refugee protection at home and abroad. Prior to her role as Advocacy Strategist, Ana served as the Legal Services Coordinator for the Los Angeles Refugee Representation office where she provided direct legal support and services to asylum seekers in the Los Angeles area and to asylum seekers subjected to the Migrant Protection Protocols.

Before joining Human Rights First, Ana worked with the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR) in Harlingen, Texas. There, she provided legal orientations, screenings, and case management for unaccompanied immigrant children. This occurred during an unprecedented influx of unaccompanied minors at the United States’ southern border, referred to as a “humanitarian crisis” by President Obama.

Ana earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Spanish at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas, and a master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Essex in Essex, England.

April 21, 2022
Hoy, los Estados Unidos opera el sistema de detención más grande del mundo—un sistema que la administración de Biden utiliza para encarcelar a personas que buscan protección y refugio. Aunque esta...
March 17, 2022
For two years, the U.S. government has illegally blocked and expelled people seeking refuge at the southern U.S. border despite U.S. laws and treaties created to protect them. Since March 20, 2020,...
January 13, 2022
Now nearly one year into President Biden’s term, his administration continues to implement and expand illegal and deadly Trump administration policies that prevent people from seeking asylum at U.S....
December 16, 2021
The Biden administration began returning asylum seekers and migrants to Mexico in its revamped version of the infamous “Remain in Mexico” program (RMX) on December 8th,...