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 - 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.


Victoria-MoraVictoria Mora is a Senior Staff Attorney with the ABA’s Children’s Immigration Law Academy. She holds a B.S. from The University of Texas at Austin and is a 2006 graduate of St. Mary’s University School of Law. Victoria is also a founding partner of the Mora Ortiz Law Firm in Houston, Texas where much of her practice is focused on unaccompanied immigrant children matters, including special immigrant juvenile status and asylum. Previously, she worked as a Supervising Attorney at Kids in Need of Defense in Houston where she supervised staff and mentored volunteer attorneys representing immigrant children before the immigration court and Texas state courts. While in law school, she was the recipient of the St. Mary’s University Francisco Leos Award for Excellence in Clinical Studies for her work in the Immigration Clinic. She was awarded the St. Mary’s University Hispanic Law Alumni Association Henry B. Gonzalez Scholarship for her proven commitment to serving the needs of the Hispanic community.


Chloe Walker

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.


 

Children's Immigration Law Academy - Angelica Rodriguez

Angelica 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.