Latino Institute for Human Rights


Linda Maria Wayner
Executive Director

An attorney with a background in international arbitration, before joining NYU Linda served as deputy counsel, and then general counsel, for the New York City Mayor's Office for International Affairs. In that position, she oversaw legal affairs involving the city’s role as host to the United Nations and 192 foreign government offices. Before joining the Office of the Mayor, Wayner was a commercial litigation attorney at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, where she focused on international arbitration and the representation of foreign companies in domestic securities cases and investigations. Wayner also served as counsel to the organized Latino, African American, Native American, and Asian American students at the University of Michigan Law School during the Grutter v. Bollinger affirmative action lawsuit before the Supreme Court, helping them to file an amicus brief in the case. She was previously deputy president of the Hispanic National Bar Association for the New York region, and she has published on the topics of affirmative action and Hispanic representation in the federal judiciary.  Wayner received her law degree from the University of Michigan, where she was an associate editor of the Michigan Law Review. She obtained both a bachelor's and master's degree in International Politics from Baylor University.


Professor Alina Das '05
Faculty Director

Alina Das is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Law and Supervising Attorney at New York University (NYU) School of Law. Alina co-teaches the Immigrant Rights Clinic, a leading institution in local and national struggles for immigrant rights. She and her students represent immigrants and community organizations in litigation at the agency, federal court, and Supreme Court level, and in immigrant rights campaigns at the local, state, and national level. In addition to her teaching, Alina engages in scholarship on deportation and detention issues, particularly at the intersection of immigration and criminal law. Prior to joining the Immigrant Rights Clinic, Alina was an attorney and a Soros Justice Fellow with the Immigrant Defense Project, where she engaged in strategic advocacy and litigation to address the immigration penalties associated with drug convictions and participation in alternatives to incarceration. Prior to her work at the Immigrant Defense Project, Alina clerked for Hon. Kermit V. Lipez of the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Alina is a graduate of Harvard University (AB in Government), NYU Wagner School of Public Service (MPA), and NYU School of Law (JD).