Dr. Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco served as the Executive Director of The Justitia Institute, an independent non-profit focused on generating and disseminating innovative research on issues related to immigration, human trafficking, and social justice. She also has taught undergraduate courses in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland College Park. Prior to her work with The Justitia Institute, Dr. Mehlman-Orozco served as Director of the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University in Providence, RI. She has led numerous research projects, and has recently received a grant to examine immigrant sentiment in Virginia.
While at George Mason University, Dr. Mehlman-Orozco founded the Student Center for Immigration Research, received the Dean's Challenge Award in 2009-2010, and worked on a variety of research projects including the OJJDP Census of Juveniles on Probation. She conducted original research for her MA thesis on the connection between foreign nationals and crime, and completed her dissertation on the impact of 287(g) legislation on juveniles in residential placement.