As HILSC’s Legal Director, Andrea Guttin oversees several of HILSC’s initiatives, such as pro se asylum clinics, the creation of a screening tool, and advising the non-profit members of the Collaborative. Andrea previously worked as the interim managing attorney of Human Rights First’s Houston office, where she trained and mentored attorneys in the pro bono legal representation of indigent asylum seekers and children. Andrea also worked work with detained asylum seekers and youth, and has represented or advised women and children held at the Karnes, Artesia, and Berks family detention centers in Texas, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania, respectively.

Before joining Human Rights First, Andrea was a staff attorney at the Georgia Legal Services Program in Savannah, Georgia, where she represented Spanish-speaking clients in state and administrative courts. Andrea is the author of “The Criminal Alien Program: Immigration Enforcement in Travis County, Texas,” released by the Immigration Policy Center in February 2010.

Andrea received her J.D. with honors from the University of Texas School of Law in 2009. She also holds a Master’s degree in Latin American Studies from the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and is admitted to practice law in Texas, New York, and Georgia.