Mary Bauer guides the SPLC’s legal advocacy and its public policy and legislative reform efforts. Bauer has directed groundbreaking lawsuits aimed at enforcing the rights of immigrants, foreign guestworkers and migrant farmworkers. She has testified before Congress on issues involving the exploitation of migrant workers and is the author or co-author of three SPLC reports that gained national attention – Close to Slavery: Guestworker Programs in the United States (2007), Under Siege: Life for Low-Income Latinos in the South (2009) and Injustice on Our Plates: Immigrant Women in the U.S. Food Industry (2010).
She served as the first director of the SPLC’s Immigrant Justice Project until being named Legal Director in 2009. She also has served as legal director of the Virginia Justice Center for Farm and Immigrant Workers and the Virginia ACLU. She graduated from the College of William and Mary and earned her law degree from the University of Virginia in 1990. She is also a former Skadden Fellow.