Andrea Meza is Director of Family Detention Services at RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services) in San Antonio. Immediately after law school, she was an Equal Justice Works Fellow with RAICES, coordinating and expanding pro bono assistance to refugee families detained at the Karnes County Residential Center, a civil immigration detention center, where she now directs the legal services program. After the two-year fellowship with RAICES, she was an Albert M. Sacks Clinical Teaching and Advocacy Fellow with the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She was there for a year before returning to RAICES.
At Texas Law, Andrea participated in the Immigration Clinic and volunteered on immigration matters at Catholic Charities of Central Texas and Casa Marianella. As a Mithoff Pro Bono Scholar, she helped organize Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) immigration clinics and citizenship clinics as well as the 2014 and 2015 winter break trips to the Texas Rio Grande Valley. She served as president of the Chicano/Hispanic Law Students’ Association and co-president of Texas Law Fellowships. She also worked for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services field office in San Antonio.