Eva Millona (Boston, United States)

Executive Director, Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition

Eva Millona is Executive Director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), the state’s largest organization representing the foreign born. She joined MIRA in 1999 and served as Director of Policy and Advocacy and as Deputy Director before becoming Executive Director in 2008, and she is now one of New England’s most highly quoted immigration experts. Prior to MIRA, Ms. Millona directed the refugee resettlement program in Central Massachusetts. In her native Albania, she practiced civil and criminal law, serving on Tirana’s District Court from 1989 – 1992, when she was the nation’s youngest district judge ever appointed.

Ms. Millona is also the co-chair of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Refugees and Immigrants, serves on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and is co-chair of the National Partnership for New Americans, comprising 12 immigrant rights state coalitions. Working with the Partnership, she hosted and co-chaired the nation’s largest immigrant integration conference in 2010. A graduate of Clark University and of Tirana University School of Law, Ms Millona received the 2007 “Detention Attorney Award” from the Political Asylum Immigration Representation Project, the 2007 “Legal Professional Award” from the National Lawyers Guild, the 2009 “Outstanding American by Choice Award” from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, the 2010 Wainwright Bank Social Justice Award, the 2011 Irish International Immigrant Center’s Solas Award, and the 2012 Powermeter Award, presented to the most influential people for Latinos in Massachusetts.