In 2013, presented an amicus curiae brief before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Esmeralda is a graduate of the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, School of Law (UABC). In 2014 she completed a post-graduate International Migration program at the prestigious Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF) in Tijuana, Mexico. Esmeralda currently is the Binational Outreach Associate for ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties.
Nora is a nationally-recognized expert on the U Visa and frequently presents on this and other topics to attorneys, law enforcement, and other professionals. Nora frequently works as a consultant expert with the Office of the Federal Public Defender on complex U Visa cases. Nora is a member of the Executive Committee for the Immigration Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. She has been licensed to practice law in Illinois and she exclusively practices federal immigration law. Nora lives in Los Angeles.
Nicole also provides on-the-ground technical assistance, country conditions research, and expert declarations to U.S. attorneys with case needs in Mexico. Prior to joining Al Otro Lado, Nicole worked for six years as an assistant federal public defender in Montgomery, Alabama, where she represented clients charged with federal felony offenses, and death row inmates challenging their convictions and death sentences in federal habeas proceedings. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law.
Erika has conducted trainings on DACA/DAPA for public agencies and CBOs and offers regular technical assistance to LA County in crafting pro-immigrant policies and to public agencies serving noncitizens. Erika has given CLEs on a broad range of immigration law topics and has engaged in local, national, and international media and advocacy campaigns. Erika has represented unaccompanied minors since 2010, and specializes in complex gang-based asylum claims and SIJS for youth with juvenile adjudications. She administered CARECEN’s Refugee Family Program, which offered pro se assistance to recently-arrived families facing removal proceedings in Los Angeles, and advocates tirelessly to protect immigrants’ due process rights before US courts and at the border.
Since 2010, Jose has started two successful businesses in Tijuana, No Mercy Tattoos and Los Tarros restaurant. Jose is a highly gifted tattoo artist and travels frequently throughout Mexico to perform his work. He also works in the following media: airbrushing; oil painting; charcoal drawings; pastels; sculpting; and other visual arts. Jose has been featured in numerous publications regarding the monumental struggles of deportees at establishing a life (and starting businesses) in Mexico, including Univision, the San Diego Union-Tribune, Fusion, and la Razón.