UM Law School Alumna Excels in Immigration Justice

UM Law School Alumna Excels in Immigration Justice

By UM News

UM Law School Alumna Excels in Immigration Justice

By UM News
Law alumna earns distinction as the 2017 ADL Miami Jurisprudence Honoree.

Cheryl Little, J.D. ’85, has been a tireless advocate for immigrant rights for almost three decades and has established herself as one of the country’s leading experts in the immigration field. Little’s extensive involvement in immigration dates back to 1985, when she graduated with honors from University of Miami Law School, and she began working at the Haitian Refugee Center.

In January 1996, Little co-founded the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center, Inc. (FIAC), now known as Americans for Immigrant Justice (AI Justice) and currently serves as the executive director. Little has received numerous honors and awards for her work, including the 2008 Morris Dees Justice Award as well as the 2012 Legal Legend award from History Miami and the 11th Judicial Circuit Historical Society. Poder Magazine named Little as one of Miami’s 100 Most Influential People in 2011 and she also earned the distinction of “Top 20 Women Lawyers in South Florida” by the Daily Business Review in 2014.

Little has authored numerous publications in the area of immigration, including law review articles and reports and has testified before Congress to fight for immigration rights. Little has also made appearances on television to offer legal expertise in the field of immigration, including 60 Minutes, Nightline, PBS’s News Hour, Frontline, The Oprah Winfrey Show and CNN.