Cecilia Esterline

Washington, DC




Niskanen Center

Immigration Research Analyst
Washington, DC, June 2022-Present

Migration Policy Institute     

Research Intern, U.S. Immigration Policy Program
Washington, DC, January 2022-May 2022

  • Conducted research related to labor and employment-based immigration, border management, and asylum procedures
  • Investigated H-1B usage within the technology industry, tracking trends in quantity, demographics, and approvals
  • Produced rapid response topic and policy briefs in response to press inquiries, legislative action, and client interest
  • Utilized Excel and STATA to analyze quantitative data and design visuals for both internal and external circulation
  • Co-authored publications: Frequently Requested Statistics on Immigrants and Immigration in the United States and Korean Immigrants in the United States

Bipartisan Policy Center  

Immigration and Cross Border Policy Intern
Washington, DC,  September 2021-November 2021

  • Monitored immigration and border policy legislative activity and news, providing daily updates to policy team
  • Conducted research and drafted a report on immigrant entrepreneurship including pathways, policies, and outcomes
  • Drafted literature reviews, policy memos, and blog posts for internal and external circulation and advising
  • Tracked monthly releases by Customs and Border Protection to analyze trends in border apprehension statistics
  • Publication: Immigration and the Supply Chain

D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center

Bilingual Intake Specialist
Washington, DC, May 2019-September 2021

  • Managed full representation program, matching over 300 individual clients with external pro bono counsel
  • Coordinated a quarterly immigration brief advice clinic, including driving the transition to virtual during covid-19
  • Developed new programmatic operational procedures, aiming to increase efficiency, accuracy, and client service
  • Conducted over 700 confidential and sensitive telephone interviews with individuals and small business owners
  • Supervised 10-15 volunteers each month at a walk-in legal clinic, serving over 1,500 customers per year

Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP

Assistant Paralegal (Business Immigration)
Washington, DC,
January 2018-May 2019

  • Led a team of 7 assistant paralegals to prepare L-1 visa petitions for high-volume technological consulting client
  • Developed new account-wide processes and procedures for individual representation of L-2 EAD applicants
  • Contributed to preparation and review of L-1A, L-1B, and H-1B petitions, PERM applications, and RFE responses
  • Conducted final quality control checks after attorney review to identify and correct any outstanding petition errors
  • Trained new team members in client communication protocol, form preparation, and support letter drafting

Additional prior experience in research, immigrant social and legal services, legislative advocacy, and refugee resettlement.


Master of Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK International Migration and Public Policy 2022
MicroMasters in Data, Economics, and Development Policy from Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2020
Bachelor of Arts from the University of Richmond, Richmond, VA

International Studies: World Politics and Diplomacy and Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies



Languages: Full Professional & Working Proficiency in Spanish, Conversational French

Software Proficiencies: Microsoft Office Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher, Outlook, Google Drive, WordPress, Salesforce, ExactTarget, CQRC Engage, Lotus Notes, Cerenade, LawLogix, LegalServer, Canva; Basic R and STATA