Elizabeth "Nikki" Carrion
Elizabeth “Nikki” Carrion is a staff attorney with the Houston office of Human Rights First. She provides support to volunteer lawyers in the Houston area who represent asylum seekers at all levels of the immigration and court system. She also provides information and direct legal representation to asylum seekers in the Houston area in the immigration courts and USCIS.
Before relocating to Houston, she managed her own practice in southern Illinois representing clients in domestic violence, family law, and immigration matters. She was also downstate legal counsel to Cabrini Legal Aid in Chicago, Illinois (Chicago Legal Advocates for Incarcerated Mothers), where she provided information, education, and direct representation to downstate Illinois incarcerated mothers, their children, and their children’s guardians in family and probate matters in Illinois Circuit courts. She was an active member of the Illinois State Bar Association, where she held multiple leadership positions, and a frequent speaker on domestic violence and human trafficking issues. In 2015, she participated in the drafting and passage of Illinois state legislation protecting survivors of domestic violence and has served on the boards of a domestic violence shelter and immigration nonprofit in downstate Illinois. She was most recently a staff attorney with the St. Francis Cabrini Center in Houston, representing unaccompanied children in ORR custody.
Nikki has a Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a double minor in Spanish and World Affairs from Baylor University. She is fluent in Spanish.