The ACLU of Wyoming has hired Rosie Read as its first full-time immigration staff attorney.
As immigration staff attorney, Read will be responsible for expanding the ACLU’s work to protect the rights of immigrants in Wyoming through targeted impact litigation, advocacy and public outreach. She will assist individuals with immigration advice through consultations and representation, offer assistance to attorneys providing pro bono immigration services and work to identify and combat systemic issues affecting the immigrant community at large.
“Rosie has spent much of her career advocating on behalf of immigrants while championing the ideals the ACLU fights for each and every day,” said Heather Smith, executive director of the ACLU of Wyoming. “Her unique skill set and exemplary legal background will allow us to be even more vigilant in our work on behalf of immigrants in Wyoming.”
Through Read’s work, the ACLU of Wyoming will expand its commitment to protecting the civil rights and civil liberties of immigrants.
“Immigrants have always been an important part of Wyoming’s history, culture and economy,” Read said. “I look forward to continuing the ACLU’s rich history of advocating for immigrant rights in our state.”
Prior to joining the ACLU of Wyoming, Read spent a decade practicing immigration law in Teton County. She has provided representation in a wide array of practice areas, including employment- and family-based adjustment of status, naturalization, removal defense, federal court litigation, and various forms of humanitarian relief.
Most recently, Read served as the Teton Area Program Director for Climb Wyoming, a statewide nonprofit job skills and career placement program for low-income single mothers. She holds an undergraduate degree in philosophy from Purdue University and a juris doctor degree from Seattle University School of Law.
Immigrants needing legal assistance can contact Read at 307-699-2875 or at ImmigrationHelp@aclu.org.
About the ACLU of Wyoming
The American Civil Liberties Union of Wyoming is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of civil liberties and civil rights. The ACLU of Wyoming is part of a three-state chapter that also includes North Dakota and South Dakota. The team in Wyoming is supported by staff in those states.
The ACLU believes freedoms of press, speech, assembly, and religion, and the rights to due process, equal protection and privacy, are fundamental to a free people. In addition, the ACLU seeks to advance constitutional protections for groups traditionally denied their rights, including people of color, women, and LGBTQ+ and Two Spirit communities. The ACLU of Wyoming carries out its work through selective litigation, lobbying at the state and local level, and through public education and awareness of what the Bill of Rights means for the people of Wyoming.