Office of External Communications

Houston, TX 77204-5017 Fax: 713.743.8199

April 10, 2007

Contact: Marisa Ramirez
713.743.8152 (office)
713.204.9798 (cell)


As you consider stories on immigrants and immigration, please consider these programs and experts from the University of Houston:

Center for Immigration Research (CIR)
CIR studies immigration trends to provide information to decision-makers about international and national policies, as well as to disseminate information to local institutions, organizations and policy-makers involved with the settlement and incorporation of the nation's “new immigrants” into their communities. The Web site contains a wealth of information about the center’s research projects and reports:

Nestor Rodriguez, associate professor of sociology and co-director of CIR
Rodriguez is an authority in the study of immigration policy, border enforcement and state repression. Additional information: Phone: 713-743-3946. E-mail:

Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS)
CMAS is a multidisciplinary program that offers a minor in Mexican American Studies. Led by Professor Tatcho Mindiola, CMAS has experts to address issues of advocacy, Latino politics and education. Reach them at 713-743-3136 or

Michael A. Olivas, William B. Bates Distinguished Chair of Law and director of the Institute of Higher Education Law & Governance
Olivas is the only person to hold membership in the American Law Institute and the National Academy of Education. He is a widely recognized expert on immigration law and policy. Additional information: Phone: 713-743-2078. E-mail:

Joseph A. Vail, associate professor of law and director of the UH Law Center’s Immigration Law Clinic
Vail is a former immigration judge.
Phone: 713-743-0897. E-mail:

Stephen Zamora, professor of law
Zamora is an expert in NAFTA and international trade and lead author of the forthcoming book “Mexican Law.” Additional information: Phone: (713) 743-2137. E-mail:


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