As a program officer with PHR’s asylum team, Cynthia Pompa mobilizes and organizes PHR’s Asylum Network and implements initiatives which recruit, train, and support our network to advocate for human rights-based immigration policies. She brings to this role extensive experience and expertise in immigration and border policy, as well as in training and mobilizing activists and advocates to bring about change in solidarity with diverse communities.
Pompa comes to PHR with more than six years of experience advocating and organizing against abuses by federal immigration agencies and the militarization of the U.S.- Mexico border, and more than ten years involved in community outreach and organizing. Prior to PHR, Pompa worked at the ACLU Border Rights Center in New Mexico and Texas, developing and implementing public education and organizing strategies to protect and expand the rights of immigrants, asylum seekers, and border communities. She has witnessed, documented, and reported civil rights abuses in immigration detention at the border, at international ports of entry, and at interior immigration checkpoints. Her work has involved leading public pressure campaigns and implementing a variety of advocacy tools to hold federal agents accountable, while accompanying impacted people from diverse backgrounds and countries. She has also facilitated hundreds of trainings on constitutional rights. Pompa has testified before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on the militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border.
At the beginning of her career, Pompa was a year-long volunteer in northern Peru supporting and coordinating U.S. medical missions and teaching computer science. She holds a BA in economics and international relations from St. Mary’s University and is a native Spanish speaker.