Daniel Costa

Director of Immigration Law and Policy Research

Areas of expertise
U.S. immigration law and policy • International labor migration • Forced migration


Daniel Costa is an attorney who first joined the Economic Policy Institute in 2010 and was EPI’s director of immigration law and policy research from 2013 to early 2018; he returned to this role in 2019 after serving as the California Attorney General’s senior advisor on immigration and labor. Costa’s areas of research include a wide range of labor migration issues, including governance of temporary labor migration programs, both high- and less-skilled migration, worksite enforcement, immigrant workers’ rights, and global multilateral processes related to migration, as well as refugee and asylum issues. He has testified on immigration before the U.S. Congress and state governments, been quoted by a number of news outlets, appeared on radio and television news, and was named one of “20 Immigration Experts to Follow on Twitter” by ABC News. His commentaries have appeared in publications like The New York Times, Roll Call, Fortune, La Opinión, and others. From 2015 to 2017, he was an affiliated scholar with the University of California, Merced.

Prior to his tenure at EPI, Costa worked on developing the legal and normative framework for disaster response and humanitarian relief operations with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Geneva, Switzerland, and as a policy analyst at the Great Valley Center, a former University of California think tank, where he also managed an immigrant integration program.

LL.M., International and Comparative Law, Georgetown University Law Center
J.D., International Law, Syracuse University
B.A., Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley