Represent clients with dignity and respect as we seek justice together.

American Gateways
  Asylum, 2014 – present.  Clients from Burundi, Honduras, Cameroon (2 completed, 3 in process).  With Victoria Rossi
  Temporary Protected Status (TPS) renewal – November, 2014

American Immigration Lawyers Association Texas Chapter
  Naturalization clinics, 2016 and 2013

Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition (AIRC/Coalición de Austin por los Derechos del Inmigrantes) and Border Network for Human Rights
  Representation of arrested dissidents, 2014

Austin Children’s Services
 Representation of child housed at Austin Children’s Shelter in Class C criminal charges in municipal court and justice of the peace, 2015
(People facing Class C charges are not entitled to appointed lawyers)

Austin Tenants Council
  Eviction defense, 2012

Austin/Travis County Integral Care
With Victoria Rossi
  Family petition, 2014

Centro Comunitario de Trabajadores (CCT), New Bedford, Massachusetts
  Immigration custody redetermination for young Mayan Guatemalan man in Joe Corley Immigration Dentention Center (getting him out on bond), 2014
  Claim for withholding of removal and protection under the Convention Against Torture for another young Mayan Guatemalan man confined by Immigration Control & Enforcement in the Karnes County Civil Detention Center, with the assistance of Manuel Cantu, Marcus Huels, Victoria Rossi, Judy Fleishman, Rose Abigail Levy-Rubinett, Professor Lisa Maya Knauer, Filiberto Nolasco, Adrian Ventura, Tom Kolker, and Juana Guzmán and Carolina Canizales and other members of University Leadership Initiative  (ULI) and United We Dream2013-2014

Grassroots Leadership
 Agreed to represent a woman detained by ICE in the detention center run by the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) in Hutto, who endured retaliation by ICE and CCA for her participation in the October 2015 hunger strike
With Casa Marianella, Jaime Estrada, M.D., Grassroots Leadership, Tom Kolker, Victoria Rossi, and many, many other people
2015 – ongoing

Karnes Pro Bono Project and CARA
 Represent refugee women and their children who have fled from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Brazil who are or were detained (incarcerated) by ICE at the Karnes County “Residential” Center (until August, the Karnes City Civil Detention Center) run by the for-profit prison corporation, GEO
With Victoria Rossi, Melissa Biggs, David Block, Sofia Casini, Richard Kelly, Tom Kolker, Susan Anderson Mitchell, Adriana Murga, Andra Steele, Sarah Watkins; with the assistance of area experts, Professors Alfonso Gonzales and Shannon Speed, and Dean Luis H. Zayas of the University of Texas at Austin, and Dr. Marianne Schmink of the University of Florida, Gainesville; and attorneys and co-counsel Cristina Cigarroa, Manuel Luis Paredes, Rocio Ramirez, Susannah Volpe, Emma Wells; thanks also to the guidance and support of Barbara Hines, Lee Teran, Javier Maldonado, Allison Boyle, RAICES staff Mohammad Abdollahi, Johana De León, Manoj Govindaiah, Andrea Meza, Jonathan Ryan, among others, and the entire Karnes Pro Bono Project team
August 2014 – September 2015, Karnes Pro Bono Project
March 2016 – present, CARA

No Están Solos, Houston and Conroe, Texas
  Consultation, 2014

Political Asylum Project of Austin/
Proyecto Asilo Político de Austin (P.A.P.A.)

Co-founder, first legal director, pro bono lawyer, trainer, supervisor, and board member. Direct representation and advocacy for refugees and immigrants in Central Texas, and promotion of human rights for immigrants and refugees through public education and action. (This organization, much later, morphed into American Gateways.)
1987-2000

Representation of myriad dissidents and protestors in Austin
Protests against intervention in Central America, against apartheid and investment in apartheid, in support of homeless activists, as well as workers rights and immigrant rights
Member of teams of lawyers and legal workers
1983 -1990

“School to Prison Pipeline” project of the National Lawyers Guild Austin chapter
  Truancy, 2013
  Parent contributing to non-attendance, with Marcus Huels, 2013 – 2014

Seton Family of Hospitals, Austin
  Temporary Protected status, 2014
  Extension of Time for visa, 2014

Texas Civil Rights Project
Worked in concert with Susan Anderson Mitchell and Mohammad Abdollahi, as well as members of the Karnes Pro Bono team, Grassroots Leadership, Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), Victoria Rossi, and others, to represent of one family from El Salvador seeking refuge but detained in the Karnes City detention center run by the private, for-profit corporation GEO through a contract with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, 2014

UT Save Our Community Coalition against so-called “Shared Services” plan by the private company Accenture, in which the University of Texas would have cut 500 jobs
  Representation of dissidents in misdemeanor charges, along with colleagues Marcus Huels, Elisa Underwood, Paul Quinzy, Brian McGiverin, Chito Vela, and the Austin chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, 2014 – current
Press: The Austin Chronicle, April 25, 2014; The Daily Texan, April 23, 2014; Texas State Employees Union website

University Leadership Initiative (ULI)
  DACA clinics, along with many other volunteers , 2012 – 2014
  Volunteer training, 2012 -2013
  Citizenship clinic, along with many other volunteers,2014
  “Know Your Rights” community presentation (consultant only, ULI members were the primary presenters), 2014
  Other consultation, 2012 – current

UT Students Against Sweatshops
  Defense of dissident protestors, along with Malcolm Greenstein, 2012

University of Texas School of Law Immigration & Pro Bono DACA clinics
  Participation in DACA clinics, along with many other volunteers, 2012 – 2014
  Follow-up with DACA applicants, 2012 – 2013
  VAWA, 2013 – 2014

Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas
  Social Security disability (2013)

 

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