Born in the small border town of Douglas, AZ, Ray Ybarra Maldonado is a Stanford educated attorney who took a two-year leave from his studies to directly intervene in the vigilante movement that was starting in Arizona. While working for the American Civil Liberties Union, Ybarra Maldonado was instrumental in starting a major civil rights lawsuit against one of the vigilantes and trained hundreds of volunteers and spent months following the Minutemen as they patrolled the U.S.-Mexico Border.
He co-wrote and co-produced the award winning documentary, Rights on the Line: Vigilantes at the Border and he has been quoted frequently in the national and international media on the topic of immigrants’ rights and the vigilantes.
Ybarra Maldonado is a noted public speaker who has given presentations at Harvard, the University of California at Berkeley, the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico, and dozens of other universities, colleges, and community groups across North America.
Ybarra Maldonado has testified in front of local and state government entities and is work has been profiled in the Intelligence Report, Stanford Lawyer, and in a documentary that premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, entitled “Crossing Arizona.”
As a trial attorney, in the anti-immigrant state of Arizona, he has attained not guilty verdict on felony charges for immigrants in both state and federal court. He has also won cases at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of migrants and currently remains in the trenches fighting to stop deportations in the Florence, Eloy, and Phoenix immigration courts and representing immigrants charged with both state and federal crimes. His recent victories include a not guilty verdict following a jury trial in one of Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s workplace raid cases.
Ybarra Maldonado attended Cochise Community College in Douglas, AZ on a baseball scholarship and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Arizona State University with a degree in Religious Studies. He previously volunteered at migrants centers in Agua Prieta, Sonora and Tapachula, Chiapas where he assisted with cleaning, preparing food, and conducting human rights discussions.
Ybarra Maldonado is currently a non-residential fellow at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, a board member of Los Abogados, and the Litigation Liason for the Arizona Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
He lives with his wife and children, Ray Emerson and Stokely, in Phoenix, AZ. Prior to his marriage to his wife Dr. Angeles Maldonado he was “Ray Ybarra” and legally has changed his name to “Ray Ybarra Maldonado.” The family are avid fans of the Arizona State Sun Devils, Stanford Cardinal, and all things Arizona (minus the anti-immigrant politics).
Languages spoken: Spanish, English
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|10 Best 2 Years Client Satisfaction||American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys||2016|
|Nation's Top One Percent||National Association of Distinguished Counsel||2015|
|10 Best for Client Satisfaction||American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys||2015|
|Principal||Law Office of Ray A. Ybarra Maldonado, PLC||2012 - Present|
|Assistant Federal Public Defender||Federal Public Defender Of Arizona||2010 - 2012|
|Assistant Public Defender||Cochise County Public Defender's Office||2009 - 2010|
|Racial Justice Fellow||American Civil Liberties Union||2004 - 2006|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice||Member||2015 - Present|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association (Arizona chapter)||Litigation Liason||2013 - Present|
|Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association||Board Member||2012 - Present|
|Stanford Center for the Internet and Society||Non-residential Fellow||2012 - Present|
|U.S. v. McDermott||Case Dismissed|
|State of Arizona v. Miguel Angel Morales-Sedano||Jury Trial-Not Guilty on all charges|
|United States of America v. Juan Carlos Garcia-Rivas||Remand from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals|
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|HISI Publishers||Born on the Border: Minutemen Vigilantes, Origins of Arizona's Anti-Immigrant Movement, and a Call for Increased Civil Disobedience||2013|
|Powerplay-A Journal of Educational Justice||Still Afraid of Our Brown Faces: Educated Latinos, Narrative, and Critical Race Theory-Recordando a Derrick Bell||2012|
|Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties||Thinking and Acting Beyond Borders||2007|
|Stanford Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2007|
|Arizona State University||Religious Studies||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2002|
|APDA Annual Conference||Immigration Consequences of a Criminal Conviction||2015|
|University of California at Berkeley||Border Violence and Anti-Immigrant Politics||2007|
|Harvard University||Racism and Death on the U.S.-Mexico Border||2007|
|Shaking the Foundations-Stanford Law School||Against the Law: Direct Action, Civil Disobedience, and Social Change||2006|