Luis Mancheno is an award winning immigration attorney based in New York. For more than half a decade, he has served representing people detained and facing immigration proceedings in the United States. Luis has worked for hundreds of new Americans, from defending jailed transgender women in Arizona to preventing the deportation of detained men and children in New York.
Luis was granted asylum in the United States in 2009 due to suffering extreme violence in Ecuador, including being the victim of conversion therapy and a murder attempt due to his sexual orientation.
His immigration story and his work as an attorney have been featured in The New York Times, NBC News, CBS News, Huffington Post and others. A documentary dedicated to Luis’s life and work is premiering on October 21 of 2018.
In 2017, he was selected as a New Yorker of the Year by the New York Times, AS one of the 30 LGBTQ change-makers and rising stars in the country by NBC News, and as the LGBTQ activist of the year by the New York City Comptroller’s Office.
After becoming a U.S. citizen in 2016, Luis became a fervent advocate of immigrant rights and started using his writing as a tool for change. His writing has appeared in The Guardian, Vox, CBS News, The Huffington Post, Public Radio International, and The Providence Journal.
Luis, por supuesto, habla Español.