Wendi Adelson has been named executive director of the Immigration Partnership & Coalition (IMPAC) Fund.
A Gates Cambridge Scholar has been named executive director of an organisation focused on raising funds to finance existing legal services for undocumented individuals with no criminal background in the US.
Prior to IMPAC, Adelson served as a law clerk to the Honorable Adalberto Jordan on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit from 2015 to 2016 and for seven years was a law professor specialising in immigration at Florida State University.
“IMPAC is rounding out the civic ecosystem in Florida by bringing a rational business perspective to the immigration arena. I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to work with all of these community leaders in the effort to support and promote policies and practices that recognise the vital contribution that immigrants make to our economy and our communities,” said Adelson.
IMPAC Fund was formed in May 2017 by a group of civic and business leaders in Florida whose mission is to highlight injustices that are occurring with deportations and the immigrant population in the United States. The organisation’s efforts focus on fundraising for the defence of non-felon undocumented residents to protect them and their families from deportation.
Adelson is also the author of This is Our Story, a novel about human trafficking. The book tells the fictional story of three women – a public interest immigration attorney in Florida and two victims of human trafficking. The attorney's life is based on Wendi's own experiences and the victims are a compilation of the hundreds of stories she heard in the course of her work highlights the victims' vulnerability and how they got involved in trafficking.. Wendi  studied for an MPhil in International Relations at the University of Cambridge.
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