Shaw Drake


Staff Attorney and Policy Counsel for Border and Immigrants’ Rights



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Shaw Drake joined the ACLU of Texas in 2018 as policy counsel for the Border Rights Center. He now serves as staff attorney and policy counsel for border and immigrants' rights. In this role he seeks to hold border agencies accountable through legal and policy advocacy, working closely with other ACLU border affiliates and ACLU national.

Prior to joining the ACLU, Shaw served as a law clerk for the Honorable James Orenstein in the Eastern District of New York and an Equal Justice Works Fellow at Human Rights First. Before law school, Shaw worked for the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture in New York City and No More Deaths in Southern Arizona and Northern Sonora, Mexico.

Shaw graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, where he received a Juris Doctor, a Certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies, the Bettina Pruckmayr Award in Human Rights, and was elected to the Order of the Coif. He holds a bachelor's degree with highest honors in Latin American studies and Romance language from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Shaw serves on the steering committee of the International Migration Bill of Rights (IMBR) Initiative. He speaks fluent Spanish.