Elisa Massimino, former CEO and Executive Director of Human Rights First, discusses immigration policy, refugee rights, and the continued impact of Guantanamo with Carr Center's Executive Director Sushma Raman.


Elisa Massimino was President and Chief Executive Officer of Human Rights First, one of the nation’s leading human rights advocacy organizations. Established in 1978, Human Rights First’s mission is to ensure that the United States is a global leader on human rights.

Most Americans want to live up to our ideals of being a welcoming country…respecting human rights and human dignity for anyone who wants to come and work hard… Most people understand that this is good for the country... But we need to have political courage for this to happen.