C. Mario Russell is director of Catholic Charities New York’s Immigrant & Refugee Services Division, which serves New York City and the Hudson Valley through a network of legal, resettlement, education, and information services, and a program for the care of over 2,000 unaccompanied minors. Professor Russell conducts federal and Court of Appeals litigation, manages the St. John’s University Law School asylum litigation clinic, and teaches immigration/human rights law in the United States and Europe. He has consulted with the UNHCR in Hungary and Poland and with the National Commission on Migration in Thailand, and has advised on public interest law at Harvard Law School as a Wasserstein Fellow. Professor Russell previously worked at CLINIC, Arent/Fox, and as a judicial clerk on the U.S. District Court in Maryland.
In 2013, Professor Russell received the St. John’s University St. Vincent DePaul Medal of Mission.