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Christian Penichet-Paul
History Department Alumnus

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Christian Penichet-Paul

As the policy and advocacy associate at the National Immigration Forum, Christian Penichet-Paul focuses his efforts on federal appropriations, border security, naturalization and Dreamer-related issues. Christian also contributes to stakeholder meetings with congressional and federal officials, and provides analysis on legislative proposals and federal policies.

Before joining the Forum in January 2016, Christian served as a graduate intern at the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service’s advocacy office, where he worked on issues related to refugees and unaccompanied children. He also interned at American Gateways and Rep. Lloyd Doggett’s district office in Austin, TX and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, among others.

Christian grew up in Austin, Texas. He graduated from Texas State University with a B.A. in History and earned his master’s in American Government from Georgetown University.

Christian’s experience as a student in the History Department prepared him for his current work by making him a stronger writer and improving his critical thinking and analysis skills, which are essential when communicating with immigration stakeholders and reviewing legislation or federal policies.

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