Immigration Services and Legal Advocacy (ISLA) is a legal services organization that defends the rights of our immigrant communities and advocates for just and humane immigration policy.
WHAT WE DO
Immigrants in the United States are not entitled to an attorney in their removal proceedings. Instead, if they cannot afford an attorney, they are forced to present their legal cases before an immigration judge on their own. This typically takes place in a foreign language, and against a trained attorney representing the government. In an attempt to even the playing field, ISLA attorneys visit detained immigrants at the Pine Prairie ICE Processing Center on a weekly basis and provide pro bono representation under a universal representation model before the Oakdale Immigration Court. Through this service, ISLA ensures that detained immigrants' due process rights are protected and that our clients do not have to attend these hearings and present their cases on their own.
ISLA is a legal services organiza that defends the rights of our immigrant communities and advocates for just and humane immigration policy.
Our justice system's core principle is that of due process, where everyone has a fair and meaningful opportunity to be heard. We look forward to the day when no immigrant has to appear before an immigration court without a representative.
HOMERO LÓPEZ, JR.
Executive Director and Managing Attorney
Homero is ISLA's executive director and managing attorney. As the son of a migrant worker, Homero grew up moving around the country and living among immigrant communities his entire life. Before co-founding ISLA, Homero was the managing attorney at Catholic Charities-Archdiocese of New Orleans where he oversaw a legal team of 30 attorneys, accredited representatives, and legal assistants focusing on representing Unaccompanied Children and immigrant victims of crime. Before that, Homero was a staff, and later, supervising attorney at Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge where he conducted the Legal Orientation Program for detained immigrants at the LaSalle Detention Facility and primarily focused on detained cases. Homero is a graduate of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and Tulane University Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Co-Founder and Staff Attorney
Al Page is a co-founder and staff attorney at ISLA. She is a graduate of McGill University and Tulane Law School. After law school, she received an Equal Justice Works Fellowship to represent unaccompanied immigrant minors, and at the completion of the project, she was hired by Catholic Charities of New Orleans where she continued her work as a Senior Staff Attorney, in addition to running a city-wide immigration self-help program. Recently, she founded ISLA to address the egregious deprivation of due process for immigrants in detention.
Emma Morley is a paralegal at ISLA. She received her B.A. from the University of New Orleans in Political Science and graduated with Honors. Prior to joining ISLA, she worked as a paralegal at Catholic Charities in the Unaccompanied Minors Program. At Catholic Charities, she received accreditation to practice as a Department of Justice Representative and represented clients in their applications for relief with USCIS.
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