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León Rodríguez

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

León Rodríguez is an immigration lawyer and health care litigator. At the time of filming, he was the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, a position he held from 2014 to 2017. He served as the director of the Office for Civil Rights at the Department of Health and Human Services from 2011 to 2014. From 2010 to 2011, he served as chief of staff and deputy assistant attorney general for civil rights at the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Rodríguez was county attorney for Montgomery County, Maryland, from 2007 to 2010. He was a principal at Ober, Kaler, Grimes, & Shriver in Washington, D.C., from 2001 to 2007. He served in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania from 1997 to 2001, first as chief of the White Collar Crimes Section from 1998 to 1999 and then as first assistant U.S. Attorney.

Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Rodríguez was a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division at DOJ from 1994 to 1997 and a senior assistant district attorney at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office in New York from 1988 to 1994. He is the son of immigrants who came from Cuba in 1961.

Rodríguez’s videos are used in these Choices Program curriculum units:
Immigration and the U.S. Policy Debate
A Global Controversy: The U.S. Invasion of Iraq

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