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.
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.
Senior Staff Attorney
Chloe Walker is a Senior Staff Attorney with the ABA’s Children’s Immigration Law Academy. Chloe earned her J.D. and Master’s in Social Work from the University of Houston (UH) in 2012 where she worked for the Center for Children, Law and Policy and served as an editor for the Houston Law Review. Prior to working at CILA, Chloe practiced family law at Gray Reed & McGraw and immigration law at the Tahirih Justice Center, both in Houston. She has also worked within the Texas child protection system as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer and a social work intern with the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). Prior to graduate school, Chloe served two years as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Austin, Texas.
Victoria (Vickie) Giambra
Senior Staff Attorney
Vickie Giambra is a Senior Staff Attorney with the ABA’s Children’s Immigration Law Academy. She has been practicing immigration law since 2009. Previously in private practice working on a variety of matters, Vickie began her nonprofit immigration law career when she joined Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston in January 2017. As a Managing Attorney, she led the General Immigration Program at Catholic Charities, which encompassed family immigration matters and provided a full range of immigration services for refugees and asylees. With a B.A., cum laude, in Latin American Studies from Barnard College, Columbia University, and an M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge, Vickie began her career working in HR and recruitment for a large international law firm in New York and London. This sparked an interest in employment and immigration law, which led Vickie to enroll in the University of Houston Law Center, graduating in May 2009. She is a member of the Texas Bar and is also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach.
Alejandra Garza is an Administrative Assistant for the ABA’s Children’s Immigration Law Academy. Alejandra graduated from The University of Houston – Downtown in 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences. While in school, she interned with the City of Houston’s Department of Neighborhoods and the Boards and Commissions offices. Working in both of these offices increased her awareness and understanding of the City’s activities that help shape and influence public policy. Prior to working at CILA, Alejandra worked in the Mayor’s Office of Special Events (MOSE) at the City of Houston. Currently, she is enrolled in the Bauer School of Business and is seeking a Masters Degree in Business Administration.
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.