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A conversation with Efrén C. Olivares at the CRMC

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Join the Southern Poverty Law Center for a book reading and conversation with Efrén C. Olivares, author of “My Boy Will Die of Sorrow: A Memoir of Immigration from the Front Lines.” The event will be hosted by Tafeni English, director of the Civil Rights Memorial Center (CRMC), and moderated by the SPLC’s Lecia Brooks, chief of staff and culture. It will be Friday, Oct. 28, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. CDT at the Civil Rights Memorial Center in Montgomery, Alabama. The conversation will be livestreamed and available to watch on a number of platforms from 6:10 p.m. - 7 p.m. CDT.


Efrén C. Olivares is an immigrant, civil rights lawyer and writer. He immigrated to the United States from Mexico as a teenager and was the first in his family to attend college.

He now directs the Immigrant Justice Project at the Southern Poverty Law Center, where he leads a team of advocates seeking justice for detained immigrants, immigrant workers, families and those seeking asylum and protection. He has litigated in state and federal courts and has represented clients before international human rights bodies. Before joining the SPLC, Olivares was the director of the Racial and Economic Justice Program at the Texas Civil Rights Project. He also worked at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and at Fulbright & Jaworski LLP (now Norton Rose Fulbright).

His writings on immigration policy have been published in The New York Times, USA Today and Newsweek, and he has testified before Congress and at briefings on Capitol Hill about immigration and border policies.

Olivares is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Yale Law School. He is an avid soccer fan and enjoys reading books about famous art thefts. He lives in Atlanta with his family.