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Public Speaker

Carlos Batara, a Harvard-educated attorney, is a professional speaker offering motivational talks, event presentations, and group workshops on a vast range of immigration issues.

He combines information-rich content with his own brand of wit, wisdom, compassion and irreverence. His energetic yet easygoing style, coupled with down-to-earth communication skills, will keep your audience engaged, even after a long day of work.

Carlos is also a go-to source for many reporters covering social, political, and immigration news.


When I first read The Road Not Taken, I was a young teenager. I intellectually grasped the meaning.

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.”

— Robert Frost

Now I understand Frost’s poem at a much deeper level.

His words, in many ways, are an apt description of my life journey. They echo my choices on the path to becoming a defender of immigrants in an era of immigration darkness.

The Scoop, The Whole Scoop, And Nothing But The Scoop

When I was in college, I promised myself to stay in a profession for only five years.

I was intrigued by politicians and community leaders, influenced by novelists and journalists, invigorated by public speakers and grassroots activists, and inspired by college professors and lawyers.

I could not decide which road I wanted to take. So I decided to take all of them. Not all at once, of course.

Over time, I’ve been fortunate. I have been able to serve the public in various capacities.

  • College Professor? Check.
  • Blogger, Author, and Citizen Journalist? Check.
  • Grassroots Organizer? Check.
  • Community And Civil Leader? Check.
  • Non-Profit Director and Consultant? Check.
  • Political Office Staffer? Check.
  • Public Speaker? Check.
  • Election Campaign And Precinct Manager? Check.

Why I Became A Public Speaker

Oh, yes, I grew up poor. That’s important. It gives folks a frame of reference for my zealous – some call it radical – representation of my clients.

Strange thing is, I don’t remember living in poverty. My sisters and I always had enough food to eat, sturdy clothes to wear, and parents who loved us.

I may not have had everything I wanted. But I had what I needed, and then some.

All this contributed to who I am today and who I will be tomorrow.

Most folks view me as an immigration lawyer first, an immigration lawyer second, and an immigration lawyer third.

After all, I have been an attorney over twenty years now.

Moreover, it’s true that being an attorney has squeezed my availability to venture into community affairs. But I still cannot completely walk away from my past callings.

Or from my commitment to help others less fortunate.

I might be a logical, rational, immigration attorney by day. Yet, when I change from ties and suits to tennis shoes and jeans, I am transformed into a blogger, educator, organizer, and advocate for immigrant rights.

And this is the way it has to be.

This duality is critical because positive immigration changes will not happen without community, civic, and political involvement. Being a lawyer is not enough.

Public speaking is one such enterprise. It allows me the chance to debunk myths about immigrants, and to build a consensus for compassionate social and political reform.

Need A Speaker For Your Next Meeting Or Event?

Are you looking for someone to provide personal reflections, provocative analysis, and passionate commentary on immigration issues?

Give me a call.

I’ll share my insights with your membership, at a public forum, or as part of an employee, company, government, or non-profit training session.

As a public speaker, I’ve worked with many organizations to create an atmosphere of energy and engagement in support of immigration issues and immigrant families. I’d love to do the same for you.

As your guest, I’ll guide your audience through no-holds-barred discussion on a broad range of topics such as:

No Room For Segregation In The House Of Immigration Reform

The Anti-Immigrant Propaganda War

Reflections Of An Activist Turned Lawyer

Liberation Politics And The Future Of Immigration Reform

The Battle For Immigration Justice: Why Compassion Matters

Immigration Appeals: 49 Minutes For Justice, Fairness, And Due Process
Here is a link to a article near and dear to my heart, published on Father’s Day:

My Father, An American Success Story

Dare To Be Bold . . . Not Boring

When I first started to blog, one of the big name gurus advised me to stick to legal issues. Like Schoolmaster Gradgrind in Dickens’ Hard Times, he cautioned me to focus on facts, facts, facts.


I don’t like boring books, and I don’t like boring speakers.

Let’s be honest, good public speaking isn’t rocket science. But it’s pretty darn hard.

Why speak to audiences if you make attendees yawn, look at their watches, shrug their shoulders, and think, “How much longer?”

I promise to be different.

I promise to be bold.

I promise to share lessons learned, and insights gained, along the less traveled path.