Andrea Meza

  • Hosted by Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services
  • Sponsored by Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
  • Service location San Antonio, Texas
  • Law school The University of Texas School of Law
  • Issue area Immigrant Populations
  • Fellowship class year 2015
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Andrea will coordinate and expand needed pro bono assistance to underserved vulnerable refugee families detained at the Karnes County Residential Center, a civil immigration detention center.

In June 2014, the Department of Homeland Security resumed the practice of detaining refugee women and children and opened a family detention center in Karnes City, Texas. The location of the detention center, which houses approximately 532 women and children, is geographically isolated about an hour via automobile from the nearest metropolitan area. A group of volunteer attorneys began the Karnes Pro Bono Project as an emergency effort to coordinate pro bono representation of these families. Approximately 40 attorneys are actively contributing pro bono services to the Project. Due to the volunteer nature of the Project, in 2015 there will be a significant gap in legal services and support for the families detained at Karnes. This fellowship project is intended to fill that gap.

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