We are thrilled to welcome Melissa Silva to our Board of Directors! Melissa was born and raised in South Texas, and the Rio Grande Valley will always have a special place in her heart. After graduating from The University of Texas, she spent time in a campus ministry working with Latino college students at Southern Methodist…Read More →
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VECINA brings some of the top asylum experts in the country as expert mentors for pro bono attorneys representing asylum seekers.Meet Our Mentors
Attorney Mentorship Program
VECINA mentors work with pro bono attorneys one-on-one every step of the way to make sure that asylum seekers get competent, zealous representation.Learn More
If your community is interested in discussing immigration law, a VECINA representative can help facilitate a discussion in your community or speak at your event.Learn More
Immigration Law Training
Training attorneys, whether as new associates, new staff, or pro bonos, can be a strain on resources. VECINA can help lighten the load by building customized one-time or ongoing trainings.Learn More
We are thrilled to announce that Penelope Codrington has joined our board! Penelope was born in England to West Indian parents. She immigrated to the United States from Barbados as a teenager. She is currently a corporate attorney and deal facilitator in Washington DC. Penelope has practiced law in the United States and in Europe for…Read More →
VECINA is excited to announce that five attorneys from the law firm Akin Gump have joined VECINA as mentors. Akin Gump is a global law firm dedicated to social justice. It has a robust pro bono practice in which many of its attorneys participate. All of our new mentors have vast experience in asylum law…Read More →