Leah Rodriguez is a staff attorney at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid in Austin, where she focuses on immigration cases. She started her work there as an Equal Justice Works Fellow. During her two-year fellowship, which was funded by Baker Botts LLP and Dell Technologies, she focused on pursuing relief from removal for detained and formerly detained survivors of violence in Texas, particularly indigenous language speakers, through direct representation, resource development, and advocacy.
At Texas Law, Leah participated in the Immigration Clinic and the Transnational Worker Rights Clinic. She volunteered for the Karnes Pro Bono Project and worked on asylum cases on the Pro Bono Program’s winter break trip. Outside of law school, she was involved in local immigration advocacy through Grassroots Leadership and she studied K’iche’, a Maya language of Guatemala. During the summers, she worked in Austin with the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) and Texas RioGrande Legal Aid’s Immigration Team.