Alicia Alvarado

  • Hosted by American Gateways
  • Sponsored by Texas Access to Justice Foundation
  • Service location Waco, Texas
  • Law school Baylor Law School
  • Issue area Immigrant Populations
  • Fellowship class year 2020
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Alicia provides direct immigration legal services to immigrants held in detention centers in and around Waco, as well as noncitizens who have criminal records affecting their immigration cases.

Detained immigrants in Waco and adjacent Limestone County have extremely limited access to legal counsel because of the lack of capacity among the public interest organizations in Waco. Through her Fellowship, Alicia provides legal advice and representation to indigent detainees who are in immigration detention in and around Waco. She assists asylum seekers as well as noncitizens who have criminal convictions or are facing criminal charges while navigating the immigration system. She also provides immigration advisals for criminal defense attorneys who have noncitizen clients.

Alicia’s heritage has helped her connect with the immigrant community and motivates her to help those who otherwise might not have the legal representation they need.

Fellowship Highlights to Date

So far during her Fellowship, Alicia has:

  • Providing full representation to 20 clients, as well as brief services and/or legal advice to over 50 additional individuals
  • Successfully assisted an asylum seeker whose case had been wrongfully denied to secure asylum on appeal in collaboration with a pro bono attorney
  • Helped a detainee secure his release and represented him in pursuing legal status before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services from outside of I.C.E. custody
  • Assisted a client in avoiding ICE custody and removal proceedings, successfully advocating for the client to have the ICE hold lifted
  • Collaborated with seven other groups to expand the reach and impact of the project

Next Steps

In the next year, Alicia plans to:

  • Continue representing non-citizens before the immigration court and USCIS
  • Continue assisting non-citizens secure their release from immigration detention
  • Host two CLE trainings for criminal defense attorneys in Waco and McLennan County focused on examining the immigration consequences of criminal convictions
  • Continue providing immigration advisals to criminal defense attorneys and their noncitizen clients


Waco area to get legal assistance for low-income immigrants

American Gateways hosts first Equal Justice Works Fellow in Waco Office to offer legal services to low-income immigrants and their families.

Baylor Lawyer Alicia Alvarado Becomes First Baylor Law Graduate to Receive Equal Justice Works Fellowship

Entrevista con Alicia Alvarado

As the daughter and granddaughter of Mexican immigrants, I have always been passionate about helping other immigrants navigate the immigration system.

Alicia Alvarado /
2020 Equal Justice Works Fellow

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