Grace Meng, senior researcher in the US Program at Human Rights Watch, investigates abuses in the US immigration system, with a particular focus on intersections with the criminal justice system. Her reports have covered such issues as sexual violence and harassment experienced by farmworker women and girls; abuses following enactment of Alabama’s anti-immigrant law; the steep rise in criminal prosecutions of migrants for illegally entering the United States often in an attempt to reunite with their families or to flee persecution; and how deportations for drug offenses have torn US families apart.
Before joining Human Rights Watch, Meng practiced immigration law and advocated for low-income immigrant workers with the Asian Law Caucus. Meng is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School.
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Immigrants Uprooted from the Country They Call Home
Dangerous & Substandard Medical Care in US Immigration Detention
US Families Torn Apart by Deportations for Drug Offenses
The Harmful Impact of US Border Prosecutions
The Vulnerability of Immigrant Farmworkers in the US to Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment
Alabama’s Immigrant Law