Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio was installed as the Seventh Bishop of Brooklyn, which encompasses the Boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens, on October 3, 2003. Prior to this assignment, he served as the Bishop of Camden, Diocese of Camden, New Jersey, from July 1999 to October 2003. Bishop DiMarzio has long been a national leader in the defense of migrants and newcomers. He is a Member of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People. In addition, he has served as Chairman of the Migration Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB); Chairman of the Board of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.; and as the US representative to the Global Commission on International Migration, a United Nations-sponsored Commission.
Bishop DiMarzio also served on the Boards of the International Catholic Migration Commission and the National Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Forum. He chairs the Board of the Migration Policy Institute. In addition to the many leadership positions he has held, Bishop DiMarzio has published numerous papers and speeches and testified before Congress on migration issues on many occasions.
Austin T. Fragomen, Jr.
Over the course of his career in immigration, Austin T. Fragomen, Jr. has served as Staff Counsel to the US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship and International Law. He also was an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York University School of Law. He has testified before Congress on a range of immigration issues, including usage of the L-1 visa category by multinational companies. He is also the founding co-author of a renowned series of immigration handbooks. The handbooks, published by Thomson Reuters/West, provide information on the best practices and latest developments in the field of business immigration.
Mr. Fragomen attended Georgetown University and received his law degree from Case Western Reserve University. He is admitted to the Bars of the State of New York and the District of Columbia. He is also admitted to practice with the US Supreme Court of Appeals; the US Court of the District of Columbia; the US Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; the US Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; the US District Court, District of Columbia; and the US District Court, Southern District of New York. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Council on International Personnel; Chairman of the Practicing Law Institute’s Annual Immigration Institute; and a Member of the University Council at Case Western Reserve University. Mr. Fragomen is Chairman of the Executive Committee of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen and Loewy, LLP.
Karen Grisez is full-time Public Service Counsel in the Washington, DC office of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP. In that capacity, she supports the Firm’s attorneys in a variety of subject matter areas, including social security disability, landlord/tenant, family law, veterans benefits, and other civil litigation. Since the mid-1990s, Ms. Grisez has increasingly specialized in immigration matters. She has served as Chair of the American Bar Association’s (ABA’s) Commission on Immigration, is a member of the Advisory Board of the ABA’s Immigration Justice Project in San Diego, and is a former co-chair of the ABA Section of Litigation’s Immigration Litigation Committee. She is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, serves on its national Pro Bono Committee, and is a former Trustee of the American Immigration Council. Ms. Grisez has been a volunteer case screener for the US Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Pro Bono Project for over a decade. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights & Urban Affairs, the Board of Directors of the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition and the Washington Council of Lawyers.
Ms. Grisez received her BA degree summa cum laude from the University of Maryland in 1997 and her JD from the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America in 1990. She has successfully represented numerous asylum applicants and other immigrants before the Asylum Offices, Immigration Judges, the BIA and in federal court and litigates a variety of other immigration matters. She also speaks frequently on asylum and other immigration-related topics.
Donald Kerwin has served as Executive Director of the Center for Migration Studies since September 2011. Prior to joining CMS, Mr. Kerwin served as Vice-President for Programs at the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), where he coordinated MPI’s programs and wrote on US immigration, refugee and labor standards issues. Before joining MPI, Mr. Kerwin worked for 16 years at the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), serving as that agency’s Executive Director for 15 years. CLINIC, a subsidiary of the USCCB, is a public interest legal corporation that supports a national network of more than 200 charitable legal programs for immigrants. Upon his arrival at CLINIC in 1992, Mr. Kerwin coordinated the agency’s political asylum project for Haitians.
Mr. Kerwin is a non-resident senior fellow at MPI. He also serves as an associate fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center, where he co-directs Woodstock’s Theology of Migration Project; on the ABA’s Commission on Immigration; and on the Board of Directors for the Border Network for Human Rights. He previously served on the Council on Foreign Relations’ Immigration Task Force; on the Board of Directors of Jesuit Refugee Services-USA; on the board of the Capital Area Immigrant Rights Coalition; and as co-chair of the ABA’s Immigration Committee, International Law Section. Mr. Kerwin writes and speaks extensively on immigration policy issues.
Dr. Mary G. Powers is professor emeritus at Fordham University. She received her PhD from Brown University and was a demographer/statistician at the US Bureau of the Census from 1962-1965. She has been at Fordham since 1965 as assistant to full-professor and chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Dr. Powers served as Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and of the Arts and Sciences Faculty from 1985-1993. She is the author, co-author or editor of six books and monographs and has published over 35 articles on social demography and social inequality. She has been the Principal Investigator, Co-PI or Director of 12 funded research and/or training projects.
Dr. Powers is or has been a member of several professional organization, including the Population Association of America, The American Sociological Association, The American Statistical Association, The Council of Graduate Schools and their regional affiliates. She has held elective office in all of them. Other professional activities have included participation in the Advisory Committee on Sociology, Council for International Exchange of Scholars (the Fulbright Program); Consultant to the United Nations Statistical Office and the Population Division; member and chair of the Census Advisory Committee on Population Statistics. She is an editorial consultant to the American Sociological Review, Demography, and other professional journals. In addition, she has been a member of National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health and National Science Foundation program and proposal review committees.
James A. Serritella, a partner at Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella in Chicago, serves on the firm’s management committee and chairs its Religious and Not-for-Profit practice group. He focuses his practice on serving the legal needs of tax exempt religious and not-for-profit organizations and on managing overall client relationships. Mr. Serritella has represented many kinds of entities including associations, churches, dioceses, synods, religious orders and congregations, hospitals and other health care entities, colleges, elementary and secondary schools, seminaries, social services agencies and institutions, and cemeteries. Many of these entities are affiliated with or sponsored by a religious organization, while some are secular in nature. The religious organizations come from a variety of traditions.
Mr. Serritella received his JD from the University of Chicago Law School in 1971. He earned an MA from the Committee for the Analysis of Ideas and Study of Methods at the University of Chicago. He has a BA from St. Charles Seminary College of Liberal Arts (State University of New York) and a second bachelor’s degree from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He received mediation training from the National Health Lawyers Association; and received advanced mediation training from the CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution, the Program on Negotiation at Harvard University, and the Center for Dispute Settlement. Mr. Serritella has served on numerous civic boards and now serves on the Board of Directors of Music of the Baroque, a Chicago performing arts group that promotes appreciation for classical music.
Peter D. Sutherland is Chairman of Goldman Sachs International. He also serves as the United Nations’ Special Representative for Migration and Development, as well as Chairman of the London School of Economics. Mr. Sutherland is a Consultor for the Administration of the Patrimony of the Holy See. He also serves on the Boards of Koc Holding AS and BW Group Limited and is on the Supervisory Board of Allianz SE.
Mr. Sutherland co-chaired a trade experts group to provide analysis and recommendations in support of trade liberalization and revitalization of the World Trade Organization (WTO) on the nomination of the Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom, Germany, Turkey and Indonesia.
Of Irish nationality, Mr. Sutherland was educated at Gonzaga College, University College Dublin and the King’s Inns. Prior to his current positions, Mr. Sutherland served as Attorney General of Ireland (1981-1984); EC Commissioner responsible for Competition Policy (1985-1989); Chairman of Allied Irish Banks (1989-1993) and Director General of GATT and then of The WTO (1993-1995). Mr. Sutherland was Chairman of BP plc (1997 – 2009).
Dr. Michael S. Teitelbaum is a Wertheim Fellow at Harvard Law School and Senior Advisor to the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
By specialty, Dr. Teitelbaum is a demographer, with research interests in: the causes and consequences of very low fertility rates; the drivers and implications of international migration; and science and engineering labor markets. He has written and edited 10 books and many articles on these subjects. Dr. Teitelbaum has served as Vice President of the Sloan Foundation; faculty member at Oxford and Princeton universities; Director of the US Congressional Select Committee on Population; Vice-Chair and Acting Chair of the US Commission on International Migration; Member of the US Commission on International Migration and Cooperative Economic Development; and Chair of the Section on Social, Economic and Political Sciences of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, of which he was later elected a Fellow.
Dr. Teitelbaum was educated at Reed College and at Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.