Jim Knoepp manages the SPLC’s immigrant justice initiative, which combats workplace exploitation and other human rights abuses of immigrants. He has been with SPLC since 2008. Prior to joining SPLC, he served as a staff attorney and litigation director for the Legal Aid Justice Center in Charlottesville, Virginia, and as legal director of its Immigrant Advocacy Program. He is a graduate of the Loyola of Los Angeles Law School and has an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California at Irvine. As a Skadden fellow at the Migrant Farmworker Justice Project in Belle Glade, Florida, he focused on the development of class action litigation for H-2B forestry workers.