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Dalia Castillo-GranadosChildren's Immigration Law Academy - Dalia Castillo Granados
Director

Dalia Castillo-Granados is the Director of the ABA’s Children’s Immigration Law Academy. She is a 2008 graduate of the University of Houston Law Center. Prior to working at CILA, Dalia was a Senior Attorney at Kids in Need of Defense, a Staff Attorney at Tahirih Justice Center, a Clinical Supervising Attorney at the University of Houston’s Immigration Clinic, and began her public interest career as a Greenberg Traurig, LLP Equal Justice Works Fellow with Catholic Charities’ Cabrini Center in Houston. During law school, Dalia was active in the Immigration Clinic and interned at US Citizenship and Immigration Services, Catholic Charities, and was a Public Interest Law Fellow at Boat People SOS. She was previously the chair of the State Bar of Texas’ Immigration Law Task Force. She is currently an Executive Committee member of the Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative, and she is the Grants Committee Chair of Latino Giving Houston, a giving circle devoted to promoting philanthropy in Houston’s Latino community.


Children's Immigration Law Academy - Brandon RocheBrandon Roché
Senior Staff Attorney

Brandon Roché is a Senior Staff Attorney with the ABA’s Children’s Immigration Law Academy. He​ holds a B.A. from Georgetown University and is a 2008 graduate of Gonzaga University School of Law. Prior to working at CILA, Brandon was the Supervising Attorney for the direct representation of unaccompanied children with Catholic Charities’ Cabrini Center in Houston. Brandon has worked with unaccompanied children from the point of their being detained in ORR shelters and Emergency Reception Centers all the way through their release and immigration proceedings. Before going to law school, he served as a Peace Corps health volunteer in Honduras from 2003-2005.


Children's Immigration Law Academy - Yasmin YavarYasmin Yavar
Senior Staff Attorney

Yasmin Yavar is a Senior Staff Attorney with the ABA’s Children’s Immigration Law Academy.  She is a 2004 graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, where she fell in love with immigration law through Barbara Hines’ immigration clinic and a brief summer internship at ProBAR. She began her legal career as a commercial litigator at the Houston office of Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw. After three years, Yasmin relocated to Harlingen, Texas for a year to work for the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR) and learn the ropes of removal defense for detained adults.  She returned to Houston and was the first employee of Kids in Need of Defense’s Houston office, serving as the pro bono coordinator.  Immediately prior to working at CILA, Yasmin worked as a consultant for ProBAR’s Children’s Project.


Children's Immigration Law Academy - Angelica RodriguezAngelica Rodriguez
Program Assistant

Angelica Rodriguez is the Program Assistant for the ABA’s Children’s Immigration Law Academy.  Prior to working with CILA, Angelica was a Family Service Associate with the Head Start Program, a Client Support Resource Associate with Gulf Coast Community Services Association, and held an internship with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  She has been employed by other organizations, but her desire to help others keeps bringing her back to nonprofit agencies.  Angelica attended the University of Houston and graduated with a BBA in 2006.


Children's Immigration Law Academy - Meredith Linsky

Meredith Linsky is the Director of the ABA Commission on Immigration in Washington, DC.  She was formerly the Director of ProBAR, the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project, located in Harlingen, Texas, from 2000 to 2014, where she supervised staff and mentored volunteers working on behalf of detained immigrants and asylum-seekers.  Previously, she worked as a Research and Writing Attorney at the Office of the Federal Defender in the Eastern District of California. In 2012, the American Immigration Lawyers Association awarded Ms. Linsky with the Arthur C. Helton Human Rights Award for her outstanding service in advancing the cause of human rights.  In 2013, the State Bar of Texas honored her with the J. Chrys Dougherty Legal Services Award.  Ms. Linsky is a 1998 graduate of the University of California, Davis, School of Law.