The Rapoport Center congratulates former Steering Committee member Barbara Hines for winning this year’s Ohtli Award. The Ohtli is the highest recognition granted by the Government of Mexico to an outstanding individual whose life and work has contributed to the improvement and well-being of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans.
Hines is an immigration attorney with a broad background and great recognition for her work on behalf of the migrant community in Austin and Central Texas. Her work has focused on the legal defense and promotion of civil rights of migrants, especially families that are in detention centers.
In 2007, she founded the Immigration Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law. The Clinic carries out high impact litigation efforts and representation of individuals with limited resources, with an emphasis on family detention cases.
Hines continues to lead legal efforts to defend the rights of families detained by immigration authorities, after the opening of new family detention centers in Dilley and Karnes in 2014, and the civil rights of migrants, asylum cases, victims of crimes, deportation cases, among others. She is currently a Senior Fellow at the Emerson Collective in Palo Alto, California.
The presentation of the Ohtli by the Consul General of Mexico in Austin, Carlos Gonzalez Guitierrez, will be on June 28, 2018 at the Austin Public Library. RSVP here.