taylor levy

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Taylor Levy is an immigration attorney in El Paso, Texas. After a decade working with various nonprofits, Taylor founded her own legal consulting firm dedicated to protecting the rights of asylum-seekers arriving at our southern border. Taylor currently provides pro bono legal assistance to asylum-seeking families who have been returned to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico under the “Remain in Mexico” program, formally known as the “Migrant Protection Protocols.” Taylor also provides education and advocacy around issues affecting asylum-seekers at the border, including mentoring other attorneys, presenting at conferences, speaking to the press, and hosting professional delegations visiting the area.

 

Taylor previously served as a staff volunteer and Legal Coordinator at Annunciation House, a nonprofit organization that provides hospitality and shelter to migrants and refugees. She also served as the Family Immigration Program Coordinator and a Department of Justice Accredited Representative at Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center. Taylor has successfully represented asylum-seekers in numerous immigration detention facilities, including working extensively with families detained in the notorious “Artesia Family Residential Center.” Additionally, in 2018, Taylor coordinated a pro bono legal project that successfully helped to reunite hundreds of parents separated from their minor children during the “zero tolerance” period of family separation.

 

In the past decade, Taylor has provided free legal information and assistance to thousands of individuals seeking asylum and protection at our border. Her work has been profiled on NPR, MSNBC, CBS, The Washington Post, and Pro Publica, among others. In August 2019, Taylor was honored with the Recent Alumni Award for her contributions to Mitchell Hamline School of Law and later served as an adjunct professor with the school’s immigration clinic, leading a group of students volunteering with the Dilley Pro Bono Project. Taylor was also honored with the “Liberty Bell” Award in May 2019 from the El Paso Young Lawyers’ Association. Taylor received her J.D. from Mitchell Hamline School of Law and holds an M.A. from the University of Texas at El Paso and a B.A. from the University of Colorado.

 awards & grants

  • The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) 2020 Arthur C. Helton Human Rights Award - June 2020

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico Chapter Pro Bono Champion Award - May 2020

  • “Liberty Bell” Award from the El Paso Young Lawyer’s Association - 2019

  • Recent Graduate Award from the Mitchell Hamline Alumni Association - September 2019

  • Keeping Families Together Campions Award from FWD.us - April 2019

  • Full Tuition Scholarship, Mitchell Hamline School of Law - January 2015 to May 2018

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association 2018 Annual Conference Volunteer Scholarship

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association 2017 Annual Conference Volunteer Scholarship

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association 2016 Annual Conference Volunteer Scholarship

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association 2015 Annual Conference Volunteer Scholarship

  • AMERICORPS Education Grant - Fall 2008

  • AMERICORPS Education Grant - Fall 2007

  • Undergraduate Research Grant, Sign Language Interpretation and Deaf Integration: A Comparative Analysis of Argentine and Chilean Societies - Fall 2007

  • Undergraduate Research Grant, Sign Language Interpretation and Deaf Integration: A Comparative Analysis of Argentine and Chilean Societies - May 2007