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Ayling Dominguez

Research & Program Associate, Democracy

Ayling Zulema Dominguez is a Research and Program Associate in the Democracy Program, where her work focuses on voting rights restoration. Prior to joining the Brennan Center, Ayling served as Deputy Director of the Chicago Mayor’s Office of New Americans, Pozen Human Rights Fellow with The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, Intern with United Neighborhood Houses of New York and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, and Data Assistant with The Chicago Project on Security and Threats. She was also awarded a Skadden Fellowship to attend the Penn Law Global Institute for Human Rights. Outside of the Brennan Center, Ayling’s writing has been featured in The Bronx Free Press, Urban Matters — Center for New York City Affairs, and The Mujerista. Ayling graduated with honors from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Global Studies and Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies, as well as a minor in Human Rights. She was awarded the RMHC®/HACER® National Scholarship, and named a UChicago Rosenzweig Scholar. She was also awarded the Global Studies Thesis Prize for her research on the American Dream—its mobilization by migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border and its weaponization by the State. While in college, Ayling founded the multicultural student organization coalition UChicago United, served on Student Government, as an Institute of Politics Leader of Color, and as a Maroon Mentor.