Director, Immigrant Justice Clinic
Erin M. Barbato is the Director of the Immigrant Justice Clinic at the University of Wisconsin Law School. She teaches second and third year law students to represent individuals in removal proceedings and with humanitarian-based immigration relief. Previously, Erin worked as an immigration attorney at a non-profit organization and in private practice as well.
Prior to attending law school, Erin volunteered as a teacher at El Centro del Muchacho Trabajador, a non-profit organization in Quito, Ecuador. While in Quito, she worked with families and recently resettled refugee families living at or below the poverty line.
The Wisconsin Law Journal recognized Erin in 2010 as an Up and Coming Lawyer for her dedication to representing immigrants and pro bono service. In 2013, she received the Lee and Lynn Copen Family Justice Award from Women and Children's Horizons for her work with immigrant victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The Wisconsin Law Journal again recognized Erin's work with immigrants by awarding her as a Woman in the Law in 2014. She has also been a member of Wisconsin Pro Bono Honor Society since 2013.
In 2021, the students at the University of Wisconsin Law School awarded her with the Clinical Teacher of the Year Award.
Currently, she is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, (AILA) the Wisconsin Bar Association, on the Board of Directors of the Community Immigration Law Center (CILC) and DREAMers of Wisconsin. She is also a faculty affliate with Chican@ & Latin@ Studies at the College of Letters & Science.
Scholarship & Publications
Erin Barbato presented "Understanding the Impact of Racism and White Supremacy on the US Immigration System in order to Better Serve People that are Undocumented and DACAmented" as part of the Social Workers Confronting Racial Injustice Conference 2021.
Erin Barbato participated in an online forum, “Current Realities for DACA Recipients and Asylum Seekers,” in June 2020. The event was sponsored by Alverno College and ACLU Wisconsin and organized by the League of Women Voters of Milwaukee County.
In January 2020, Erin Barbato gave a talk at Medical College of Wisconsin, as part of a Pediatric Grand Rounds program titled "Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Immigrant and Border Health."
Erin Barbato participated on the panel, “From Awareness to Action: Immigration’s Impact on Children from Madison to the Northern Triangle of Central America,” in November 2019. The free, public event was held at UW-Madison.
In March, Erin Barbato presented the keynote, “Our Current Immigration Policies: Reflections from Our Southern Border to Our Badger State,” at UW-Madison’s Academic Staff Institute.
News & Media
Monday, Sep 20, 2021Erin Barbato discusses legal aid for Afghan refugees
Friday, Sep 10, 2021Erin Barbato: Refugees need legal support, mental health services
Thursday, Jul 8, 2021Wisconsin Idea Grant helps create Center for DREAMers at UW
Thursday, Jun 17, 2021UW Law School receives grant to launch Center for DREAMers
Monday, Mar 29, 2021Erin Barbato on tensions at the U.S.-Mexico border
Tuesday, Feb 9, 2021Erin Barbato: If you're a solo parent traveling internationally with your kids, be ready for this question
Thursday, Feb 4, 2021Erin Barbato discusses immigration under the Biden administration
Thursday, Jan 21, 2021Erin Barbato: New legislation could be a momentous change for immigrant communities
Monday, Dec 14, 2020First COVID cases confirmed among immigrants detained in Wisconsin; Erin Barbato comments
The Capital Times
Friday, Dec 11, 2020Finally some good news on DACA, says Erin Barbato
Wednesday, Oct 21, 2020Erin Barbato: Current immigration policies are unsafe and unfair
Tuesday, Sep 29, 2020Erin Barbato describes increasing legal challenges for immigrants and asylum seekers