BY ISN STAFF | September 26, 2012
IGNATIAN SOLIDARITY NETWORK BOARD OF DIRECTORS WELCOMES SHAINA ABER & DAVID KOELSCH
UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, OHIO – In late July the Ignatian Solidarity Network Board of Directors unanimously voted to welcome Shaina Aber and David Koelsch as directors. Aber and Koelsch will serve three year terms. The Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN) is a national social justice network inspired by the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola. ISN was founded in 2004 and is a lay-led 501(c)3 organization working in partnership with Jesuit universities, high schools, and parishes, along with many other Catholic institutions and social justice partners.
Shaina Aber is Policy Director for the U.S. Jesuit Conference Secretary for Social and International Ministries. Prior to the Jesuit Conference Aber worked as the Associate Policy Director at Jesuit Refugee Service USA, where she had geographic responsibility for Latin America and the Caribbean, and sectoral responsibility for U.S. asylum, detention and deportation policies. Aber holds a Juris Doctorate and Special Certificate in Refugee and Humanitarian Emergencies from Georgetown University Law Center and is an attorney member of the Maryland Bar Association. Shaina earned a Bachelors of Arts, cum laude, in Latin American Studies at Macalester College, where she published an honor’s thesis on Race Relations in Cuba Before and After the Revolution. Aber will serve as an ex-efficio member of the board as the designee of the Secretary for Social and International Ministries at the U.S. Jesuit Conference.
David Koelsch is an Associate Professor and Director of the Immigration Law Clinic and the Asylum Law Clinic at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. The Immigration Law Clinic represents immigrants on a variety of legal issues, including abandoned immigrant children and abused immigrant women. Professor Koelsch also teaches U.S. Immigration Law and a comparative U.S.-Canada Immigration Law course as well as a Seminar on Spirituality and the Law. Koelsch was named the 2009 Outstanding Immigration Law Professor by the American Immigration Lawyers Association. He holds Juris Doctorate from Catholic University of America and earned a bachelor of arts from Michigan State University.