Alicia Danze

Geography and the Environment; Summer Human Rights Fellow, Tahirih Justice Center (2019)
Summer Human Rights Fellows (2019), Affiliated Graduate Students, Alumni

Alicia Danze (B.A. 2011 Middlebury College; PhD ongoing in the Department of Geography and the Environment) will work at the Tahirih Justice Center (TJC), a national law non-profit that provides immigration legal services to survivors of gender-based violence while advocating for policy changes through impact litigation and legislative recommendations at the federal level. This summer, she will help initiate a regional immigration court watch program in the Houston area by collecting data on immigration court proceedings, judicial ethical behavior, and language access for immigrant respondents. As a part of her internship, Alicia will contribute to a report based on TJC's findings, raising awareness of the barriers to due process for immigrants and asylum seekers in the current anti-immigration regime. Prior to beginning graduate school at UT Austin, Alicia worked as a paralegal for the Immigrants and Refugees Rights Project at the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights & Urban Affairs. Her Master’s research for UT's Latin American Studies program focused on the difficulties that Central American migrants encountered in navigating Mexico’s immigration administrative systems during the enactment of Programa Frontera Sur.