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Lisa Brodyaga, Beloved and Pioneering Immigrant Rights Lawyer, Dies at 80

HeadlineOct 29, 2021

Lisa Brodyaga, pioneering lawyer and fierce defender of immigrant rights, has died at the age of 80. Brodyaga founded the first pro bono law office to represent refugees in U.S. immigration prisons. In the 1980s, she spearheaded efforts to defend thousands of Central American asylum seekers in the U.S., many of whom fled repressive and brutal U.S.-backed regimes. In recent years she fought for legal protection of children being held in cages near the border under the Trump administration. In 1986, Brodyaga founded the Refugio del Río Grande in South Texas, a safe community for refugees from around the world. She passed away at her home at the Refugio on Thursday. 

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