Muzaffar A. Chishti, a lawyer, is Director of the Migration Policy Institute’s (MPI) office at New York University School of Law. His work focuses on US immigration policy, the intersection of labor and immigration law, and the devolution of immigration policy to states and localities. Prior to joining MPI, Mr. Chishti was Director of the Immigration Project of the Union of Needletrades, Industrial & Textile Employees (UNITE). Mr. Chishti currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the National Immigration Law Center, the New York Immigration Coalition, and the Asian American Federation of New York. He has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Immigration Forum, and as a member of the Coordinating Committee on Immigration of the American Bar Association. Mr. Chishti has testified extensively on immigration policy issues before various congressional committees and is frequently interviewed by the media. In 1992, as part of a U.S. team, he assisted the Russian Parliament in drafting its legislation on forced migrants and refugees. He is a 1994 recipient of the New York State Governor’s Award for Outstanding Asian Americans and a 1995 recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. His authored or co-authored publications include: Through the Prism of National Security: Major Immigration Policy and Program Changes in the Decade since 9/11; Delegation and Divergence: A Study of 287(g) State and Local Immigration Enforcement; A Program in Flux: New Priorities and Implementation Challenges for 287(g); Testing the Limits: A Framework for Assessing the Legality of State and Local Immigration Measures; America’s Challenge: Domestic Security, Civil Liberties, and National Unity After September 11; “Guest Workers in the House of Labor” in the New Labor Forum; “The Role of States in US Immigration Policy” in the The Third Annual Transatlantic Dialogue on Immigration NYU Annual Survey of American Law (2002); “Enforcing Immigration Rules: Making the Right Choices” in NYU Journal of Legislation and Public Policy (2006-07); “A Redesigned Immigration Selection System” in Cornell International Law Journal (Winter 2008); “Employer Sanctions Against Immigrant Workers” in WorkingUSA; and “Rights or Privileges,” in the special issue on the Promise of Immigration in The Boston Review. Mr. Chishti was educated at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi; the University of Delhi; Cornell Law School; and the Columbia School of International Affairs.