Created in 2011, each year the Fastcase 50 award honors a diverse group of lawyers, legal technologists, policymakers, judges, law librarians, bar association executives, and people from all walks of life. Fastcase “recognizes people who have made important, but unheralded contributions.”
Rodrigo joined the Pro Bono Net team in July 2018, first as the Director of the Immigration Advocates Network (IAN), the largest network of nonprofit legal advocates committed to defending immigrants, and now as Director of Justicia Lab. Prior to joining Pro Bono Net, Rodrigo was formerly Strategy Director at Purpose where he developed advocacy campaigns, digital products and brand strategies for global change-makers like the Ford Foundation, UNICEF, and Fwd.us. Prior to Purpose, Rodrigo developed new initiatives to tackle economic inequality as Executive Director of Business Growth Programs for the City of New York. Rodrigo is also the former Executive Director of the Mixteca Organization – an immigrant rights organization based in Sunset Park Brooklyn.
Since joining Pro Bono Net, Rodrigo has transformed Pro Bono Net’s immigrants rights program (formerly known as Immigration Advocates Network) by broadening its scope and changing its name to Justicia Lab. Justicia Lab’s goal is to rebalance the scales and give immigrants and their advocates new tools to navigate our immigration system, find workplace justice, and more.
Justicia Lab projects and tools include: Citizenshipworks, an online naturalization platform designed to make applying for citizenship easy; immi, a tool to help immigrants in the U.S. understand their legal options and access critical resources from any location; immigrationLawHelp, a searchable online directory of over 1,000 free or low-cost nonprofit immigration legal services providers in all 50 states; and ¡Reclamo!, an online tool designed to help worker advocates retrieve stolen wages for workers.
Congratulations to Rodrigo and all of the other 2023 Fastcase 50 honorees. Check out the full list at: https://vlex.com/fastcase-50-class-2023