Welcome to Christy and Yoana!

MIA is thrilled to have two amazing new staff members, Christy M. Swatzell and Yoana Flores. Christy Swatzell, Asylum Initiative Director, is a graduate of the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University in White Plains, NY. Before joining MIA, Ms. Swatzell was the Co-Legal Director at Latino Memphis where she represented detained immigrants in… Read more »

MIA Announces New Asylum Initiative

MEMPHIS, TN – Since 2013, Mid-South Immigration Advocates (MIA) has defended our most vulnerable Mid-South neighbors, including children, families, and survivors of violence. In response to the rapidly expanding number of immigration detention facilities in the Southeast region, MIA is launching its Asylum Initiative. This new Initiative will create facility-specific projects designed to protect the… Read more »

MAY 2019: Help MIA Meet Our Match!

As the relentless attacks on immigrants and asylum seekers continue, MIA’s work is more important now than ever. Through a generous capacity building grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, MIA is seeking to expand our impact in the Mid-South by increasing our ability to represent more people and families at risk of deportation…. Read more »

Job Opportunity – Legal Rights Presenter

UPDATE – 03/22/2019 – position has been filled. 02/20/2019 Job Opportunity with MIA: Legal Rights Presenter (Memphis, TN – Tutwiler, MS) Mid-South Immigration Advocates (MIA) is seeking to fill a part-time position to provide legal orientation presentations to immigrants detained in the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility in Tutwiler, MS one day per week (Thursdays). The… Read more »

Goodbye 2018. Welcome Lissette and Shelley!

As the year comes to an end, there is no doubt that 2018 has been a challenging time for MIA and the clients we serve. We have had amazing victories, devastating setbacks, and countless surprises, and we look forward to continuing the fight in 2019 for our clients and their families. MIA is also thrilled… Read more »

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Legal Assistant

Update: This position has been filled. Thank you for your interest!  01/04/2018 Mid-South Immigration Advocates (MIA) is seeking a full-time legal assistant. Qualified candidates must be fluent in English and Spanish, with excellent interpretation and translation skills. A bachelor’s degree is strongly preferred. Candidates must be detail-oriented, compassionate, and have an interest in immigration law. Experience with administrative work… Read more »

Another MIA Victory before the TN Court of Appeals!

11/30/2017 In its second decision on cases involving Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, the Tennessee Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that Tennessee judges may appoint a parent as the guardian of a minor child, which allows single parents to protect their children from abuse, abandonment, or neglect by the other parent. Prior to this decision, many… Read more »

Thanks Josselyne Bustillo!

11/17/2017 Yesterday, MIA said goodbye to our fall semester law school extern, Josselyne Bustillo. She was an amazing asset to us during the particularly intense past few months, and we wish her all the best as fall exams approach! Josselyne’s parting words: Over the last 14 weeks I have been an extern at Mid-South Immigration… Read more »

TN Court of Appeals Supports Humanitarian Protection for Immigrant Children

Sept. 1, 2017 On August 30, 2017, the Tennessee Court of Appeals issued the state’s first opinion on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. The court’s decision ensures that judges cannot arbitrarily deny vulnerable immigrant children the opportunity to remain in Tennessee after fleeing abuse, abandonment or neglect in their home countries. Many of MIA’s clients are… Read more »

Job Opportunity: UC/Asylum Staff Attorney

  POSITION SUMMARY MIA’s staff attorney will represent adults with children (AWC) and unaccompanied children (UC) in Immigration Court removal proceedings. The attorney will also provide regular legal orientation presentations for custodians (LOPC) of unaccompanied children. RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES Provide direct legal services to UCs seeking asylum, Special Immigration Juvenile Status (SIJS), and other forms… Read more »