National Press Club

Normally silent, immigration judges to speak at Newsmaker Aug. 27

August 24, 2014 | By Jamie Horwitz |

When Congress returns to Washington next month the legislative debate over deporting children illegally entering the United States and other issues related to U.S. borders will return to the headlines.

What reform measures will make a difference? What do the federal judges who handle these cases think should be done? These questions will be addressed at an unusual Newsmaker news conference in the National Press Club’s Zenger Room at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 27.

Two federal immigration judges, Dana Leigh Marks, a federal administrative judge in San Francisco, and Denise Noonan Slavin, a Miami-based administrative judge who hears cases in a federal detention center, will describe what they and other judges are seeing in their courtrooms.

Federal immigration judges generally are barred from speaking out on issues that affect their courts. But Judges Marks and Slavin will be speaking in their capacity as leaders of the National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ), of which Marks serves as president and Slavin as executive vice president. NAIJ is an affiliate of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE).

Like all NPC Newsmaker events, this news conference is open to credentialed media and NPC lub members. It is free of charge and no advance registration is required.

For more information, contact Jamie Horwitz, NPC Newsmakers Committee event host, at 202-549-4921 or