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Christina Fialho

Christina Fialho

Keynote Speaker: Co-Founder of "Freedom for Immigrants;" Social Entrepreneur; Attorney

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Christina Fialho Biography

Christina Fialho is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics, including social entrepreneurship, women in leadership, law, immigration, and LGBTQ+ inclusion in the media. She is herself an award-winning social entrepreneur and attorney with over 15 years experience creating and scaling nonprofits and social enterprises.

She has trained the next generation of social entrepreneurs at UCSD Rady School of Management as their first Social Entrepreneur in Residence and at USC Marshall School of Business as the Managing Director of their center on social enterprise. She is currently a coach and social impact consultant.

Previously, she served for over a decade as the co-founder/executive director of Freedom for Immigrants, a national nonprofit working to abolish the U.S. immigration detention system. There, she helped draft and pass several groundbreaking laws such as the first statewide legislation in the United States to stop the expansion of immigration detention, the Dignity Not Detention Act. Prior to starting Freedom for Immigrants, Fialho assisted in defending immigrants from detention and deportation with a focus on representing LGBTQ asylum seekers.

She is a recipient of the 2020 John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award, the 2019 Social Venture Partners Accelerator Fellowship, the 2018 James Irvine Leadership Award, the 2016 Ashoka Fellowship, the 2013 Rockwood Leadership Institute Fellowship, and the 2012 Echoing Green Fellowship.

Fialho regularly appears across major news outlets, including on MSNBC's The Beat with Ari Melber and Hardball with Chris Matthews. Her essays on immigration detention have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, InStyle Magazine, Forbes, Salon, The Huffington Post, USA Today, and The Hill among other outlets. Her multi-media work has been supported by Cal Humanities, screened in the Ambulante Film Festival, and featured on NPR and Upworthy. In 2017, she co-hosted a concert with Grammy-winning artist Miguel outside the largest immigrant prison, leading to the production of his music video “Now” about detention. Fialho also served as a script consultant for Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black.

She is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Detention Coalition, and she is admitted to practice law in the State of California.

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What topics does Christina Fialho speak about?

Christina Fialho is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Female Leadership, Government, Immigration, Social Activism, Entrepreneurship, Social Justice, Political and LGBTQ.

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Christina Fialho generally travels from Southern California, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances.

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Christina Fialho is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Female Leadership, Government and Immigration. The estimated speaking fee range to book Christina Fialho for live events is Below $10,000, and for virtual events Below $10,000. Christina Fialho generally travels from Southern California, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Dolores Huerta, Erika Andiola and Cristina Jiménez Moreta. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Christina Fialho for an upcoming event.

Christina Fialho Reviews

  • Christina is an expert on immigration law and immigration enforcement, particularly immigration detention conditions. Her impressive work creating detention visitation programs nationwide is inspirational and provides people with a way to connect with immigrants living in isolation in detention facilities and to learn more about our immigration system.
    Center for American Progress - Jan 15 2014

  • Her heart-wrenching story about the horrendous treatment of detained immigrants was truly something to remember. It helped show the importance of immigration reform to all who were in attendance. Our first annual CLUE-Los Angeles Immigration Ingathering was a big success and we could not have done it without Christina Fialho.
    Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE) - Nov 16 2013

  • Christina Fialho’s unique blend of energy and unflappable, adaptable composure made it seem effortless to conduct in two cities in one day two three-hour trainings on immigration detention and the power of visitation. With both youth and experience, she connected with all of us, university students to grandparents, Catholic nuns to Unitarian Universalists. Each session was both interactive and substantive. She had us share our local questions and concerns while she provided a national context of diverse detention settings. Above all, she motivated us with a sense of connection to a broad visitation movement.
    Northwest Detention Center Roundtable & University Unitarian Church of Seattle - Nov 16 2013

Christina Fialho News

  • Newly Released Recordings Capture Abuse in Immigration Detention

    This week Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC) released seven audio recordings and videos documenting arbitrary use of solitary confinement, sexual assault, physical abuse by federal agents, prolonged detention, retaliatory transfers, and other aspects of life inside U.S. immigration detention...

  • Do so many immigrants need to be detained?, WORLD Magazine

  • Detention Contention, WORLD Magazine

  • TRUST Didn't Help

    “These immigration detention facilities almost operate outside of U.S. law,” said Christina Fialho, the co-founder of CIVIC, an organization that seeks to expose abuses in detention facilities. “If you’re a non-citizen in immigration detention, you’re not afforded many of the safeguards of the constitution. Because these facilities are so isolated, people don’t have access to people that can advocate on their behalf.”

  • Expansion of Adelanto immigrant detention center underway

    "Holding immigrants in privately run detention centers doesn't benefit anyone but the companies that manage them," said Christina Fialho, whose organization, Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement, operates visitation programs at 32 immigrant detention facilities. Fialho, whose group organized a protest outside the Adelanto facility Monday, said its remote location 40 miles north of San Bernardino makes it difficult for families and attorneys to visit.


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