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 provided direct immigration legal services to immigrants held in detention centers in and around Waco, Texas, as well as those who had been recently released. In addition, Alicia provided immigration advice and representation to non-citizens navigating the immigration system with criminal records.

Immigrants in detention have the least access to counsel, especially those in rural areas. Prior to this project, detention centers in and around Waco did not have a nonprofit regularly providing services to the detained immigrants. Additionally, the intersection of immigration and criminal law is very complex and can have devastating consequences on a noncitizen’s immigration status. Alicia’s fellowship helped address this need by providing detained immigrants with the legal counsel they needed during difficult times.

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

Fellowship Highlights

During the two-year Fellowship, Alicia:

  • Provided direct representation to 40 clients before the Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
  • Provided legal advice, limited representation, and/or referrals to over 100 individuals
  • Provided noncitizens and their criminal defense counsel immigration advisals about the possible immigration consequences of the criminal case
  • Gave three CLE presentations to the local bar association about the immigration consequences of criminal cases and general immigration law updates
  • Collaborated with various organizations to protect the rights of detained immigrants

Next Steps

Alicia will continue to represent clients in a variety of immigration matters as a staff attorney at American Gateways. She will continue providing immigration advisals for noncitizens and their criminal defense counsel and provide legal advice and representation to asylum seekers both in and out of detention. Alicia will also organize naturalization clinics across the state of Texas in conjunction with the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO).


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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