Ailin Buigues

Ailin Buigues is program director for the Unaccompanied Children Program at Vera’s Center on Immigration and Justice, a national initiative to increase access to legal information and representation for unaccompanied children facing removal. Before joining Vera, Ailin was a founding member and managing attorney at Immigrant Defenders Law Center (ImmDef), a Los Angeles-based social justice legal service provider that launched in 2015. At ImmDef, Ailin supervised a team of staff attorneys and represented detained and non-detained unaccompanied children facing deportation. Prior to that, Ailin was a staff attorney at Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project. Her practice primarily focused on representing detained and non-detained immigrants in removal proceedings and conducting Know Your Rights presentations and legal screenings through the Legal Orientation Program. Ailin earned her JD from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and is a member of the State Bar of California.