Jonathan Ryan

President and CEO,

Jonathan Denis Ryan is an Irish-American attorney and human rights advocate. He has led the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) since 2008, currently serving as the CEO and President.

After receiving his BA in Comparative Literature from Columbia College in New York City and a law degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Jonathan worked at American Gateways as an immigration attorney. In 2004 he joined RAICES as one of only four employees. Under Jonathan’s leadership, the organization has grown to over 200 employees.

RAICES provides free legal services for unaccompanied children, families, and adults both in and out of detention; community legal services; refugee resettlement and post-release support; and advocacy on behalf of our clients and the communities it serves.

In 2018, Jonathan was a recipient of the Child 10 Award in Malmö, Sweden. The Child 10 Summit gathers ten individuals from around the world to recognize their effort to protect and end the exploitation of children and the violation of their human rights. This year RAICES plans to expand out of Texas and become a national nonprofit organization.

For more information about Jonathan Ryan and RAICES, visit or follow them on Twitter @jonathandryan and @RAICESTEXAS.