The Raben Group is working on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Texas branch to lobby Congress in an effort to protect the civil rights of immigrants and asylum seekers and fight abuses at the U.S. border with Mexico.

Work for the ACLU will be led by Raben principal Maunica Sthanki, an expert on immigration law and policy who formerly served as Counsel to the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security.The ACLU of Texas details its mission to defend immigrants’ rights in the Lone Star State through challenging the ongoing detention of asylum seekers, working to stop unnecessary immigration detention and inhumane conditions of confinement, ending abuses by immigration authorities and local law enforcement’s collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), supporting comprehensive immigration reform, protecting immigrants’ rights to safe community environments and education and supporting refugee resettlement in Texas

Robert Raben, a former aide to Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) and assistant attorney general for legislative affairs, heads the Washington, D.C.-based lobbying and consulting firm.