Oct 17 – Crimmigration

You can (re-)watch the meeting here:

Crimmigration Trailer

You can also catch the Podcast here, or listen to the audio below:

Crimmigration is the intersection between criminal law and immigration law.

From a recent review of  “Crimmigration Law, Second Edition”:

For most of the nation’s history criminal law and procedure and immigration law and procedure operated almost independently of the other. Criminal law and procedure were thought to be the province of prosecutors, criminal defense attorneys and the state and federal judges. Immigration law, in contrast, was confined to immigration courts housed within the executive branch of the federal government and staffed by immigration attorneys, immigration judges and prosecutors employed for many years by the Immigration and Naturalization Service and now the Department of Homeland Security.

American Bar Association, August 9, 2021

We had a great panel of speakers including local defense attorney Gerry Wasson, Andrew Nietor, chair of the local American Immigration Lawyers Association and Aude Ruffing, Staff Attorney at the Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans (PANA).

Gerry Wasson

Gerry Wasson

  • University of Pittsburgh, J.D., 1993
  • University of Pittsburgh, B.A., 1984
  • State Bar of California, Member 
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Defense Lawyers Club
Andrew Nietor

Andrew Nietor

  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D. 
  • New York University, B.S. 
  • State Bar of California, Member 
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Executive Committee-San Diego Chapter
  • Board of Directors, Federal Defenders and Appellate Defenders of San Diego
Aude Ruffing

Aude Ruffing

Aude moved to the United States in 2011 and after learning English, she worked as a paralegal at several non-profits providing pro and low bono services at the southern border in San Diego. Witnessing how much of a difference access to legal representation makes when people come into contact with the immigration and criminal justice systems, she decided to attend law school. During law school she worked with populations impacted by border policies and she expanded her knowledge in asylum and crimmigration law throughout her internships with Federal Defenders of San Diego, the San Diego County Public Defender and the the Southern California Immigration Project. As a California ChangeLawyer fellow with the Immigrant Defenders Law Center, she continued to learn about advancing immigrants’ rights through impact litigation. 

  • University of San Diego, J.D.
  • Sciences-Po Toulouse, France, Masters in International Relations


  • 3:30pm Hors d’oeurves Pre-meeting social
  • 4:00pm Entrée Crimmigration, Gerry Wasson, Andrew Nietor & others
  • 5:00pm Appetizer Endorsements
  • 5:15pm Dessert Officer reports
  • 5:20pm Cheese Electeds, representatives, candidates, announcements
  • 5:30pm Nuts Post-meeting social

Officer Reports

  • Secretary, Kip Eischen
  • Treasurer, Angela Hawkins
  • VP, Diane Mosely
  • President, John Loughlin

Electeds, representatives, candidates


Sunday October 17, 4:00PMZoom registration

Click here to register for the Zoom meeting

If you’re new to Zoom don’t worry, you can join early at 3:30PM and during this Social Time we’ll help you get into the meeting. We’ll bring everyone up to speed on some of the features of the Zoom application.

Bring your own refreshments (!) and positive news to share.

If you have a problem registering, or joining on the day of the meeting, you can call us on (619) 800-5098, or email info@pointlomadem.org with your contact details.

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