Founded in his experience as part of a family and community of immigrants, Sean believes in building the power of immigrant communities and defending the human rights of all people.
Sean joined Pangea in July 2019. Prior to Pangea, Sean worked at the Community Development Project of the Urban Justice Center (now Takeroot Justice) for five years, where he provided legal support for the organizing work of workers’ centers and grassroots community organizations. He represented individual members of these organizations in removal proceedings and on a broad spectrum of humanitarian immigration matters, provided technical assistance for organizing campaigns, and helped to advocate for policies supporting immigrants’ rights in the New York area. In particular, Sean’s work focused on the intersection of immigrants’ rights and labor. Sean was in the first class of Immigrant Justice Corps (IJC) legal fellows, from 2014 to 2016; through IJC, he represented detained immigrant families at the Karnes and Dilley detention centers in Texas in 2015.
During law school, Sean was a student advocate in NYU’s Immigrant Rights Clinic. He argued a petition for habeas corpus challenging the mandatory detention of his client before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, co-authored an amicus brief before the First Circuit, and wrote an article about the inability of deportees to return to the United States after winning an appeal. He was also an Executive Editor for the NYU Review of Law and Social Change. As a law student, Sean interned at Make the Road New York and the Center for Popular Democracy, working on immigrants’ rights matters.
Prior to law school, Sean worked in the Oakland resettlement office of the International Rescue Committee, where he helped recently arrived refugees to adjust to their new lives in the U.S. He was also active in local immigrant community organizations in the East Bay as a volunteer in community health initiatives.
Sean graduated with honors with a bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from University of California, Berkeley (’09), and received his law degree from New York University School of Law (’14).
Sean is licensed to practice law in New York and New Jersey, and is pending admission in California.