Arturo Castellanos-Canales

Policy & Advocacy Associate

As a policy and advocacy associate, Arturo Castellanos-Canales helps lead aspects of the Forum’s immigration reform work focusing on the visa system.

Prior to joining the Forum in April 2021, Arturo earned practical experience in the field of immigration working as a legal fellow at Cornell’s Farmworkers Legal Assistance Clinic, as a visiting scholar at Colombia’s Constitutional Court, as a research fellow at Human Rights Watch, and as a policy consultant at the Organization of American States.

In 2020, Arturo became the first Mexican to graduate as a Doctor of the Science of Law (J.S.D.) from Cornell Law School after defending his dissertation titled “The Right of Suffrage of Shosics (Noncitizens) in the United States.”

Besides the J.S.D., Arturo holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from Cornell Law School and a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from Escuela Libre de Derecho in Mexico City.