Dr. Laura Emiko Soltis

Human rights educator and social movement strategist based in Atlanta

Dr. Laura Emiko Soltis is a human rights educator and social movement strategist based in Atlanta, Georgia. Since June 2014, she has served as Executive Director of Freedom University, a modern day freedom school for undocumented students banned from public universities in Georgia. Emiko works to advance the undocumented student movement by building bridges between undocumented and documented student groups, advocating for fair admissions policies and sanctuary policies in higher education, and cultivating intergenerational relationships between undocumented students and veterans of the Black Freedom Movement. Emiko received her doctoral degree from Emory University, and also serves as the Professor of Human Rights at Freedom University, teaching classes in international human rights, social movement theory, and immigration history. Emiko is a 2017 Ashoka Fellow and a 2018 Ford Foundation Public Voices Fellow.

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