As the policy and advocacy associate for the National Immigration Forum, Christian Penichet-Paul focuses his efforts on appropriations, border security and naturalization issues. Christian also contributed to the Forum’s analysis of the president’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection budget for fiscal year 2017.
Before joining the Forum in 2016, he was a graduate intern at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service’s advocacy office, where he worked on issues related to refugees and unaccompanied migrant children. He also interned at American Gateways, the district office of U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund.
Born in Puebla, Mexico, and raised in Austin, Texas, Christian graduated from Texas State University and earned his master’s in American Government from Georgetown University.