Kaitlin Locascio is a staff attorney in the Washington, D.C. office of Human Rights First. She provides mentorship and support to pro bono attorneys who represent asylum seekers at all levels of the system. She also provides direct representation to asylum seekers living in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.
Prior to joining Human Rights First, Kaitlin was a supervising attorney at Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans (CCANO). She represented adults and children in removal proceedings before the New Orleans Immigration Court and the New Orleans Asylum Office. She also represented unaccompanied children before Louisiana state courts in order to obtain findings related to Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. In her supervisory capacity, she oversaw all asylum cases filed by CCANO and provided staff attorneys with mentorship and training on asylum-related issues. While in New Orleans, Kaitlin was a frequent speaker on children’s immigration matters and presented on asylum at the 2018 American Immigration Lawyers Association MidSouth Conference.
Kaitlin is a native of New Orleans and received her JD from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. During law school, she was the Editor in Chief of the Public Interest Law Journal and was a student practitioner at Loyola’s Immigration Clinic. She held internships at the ACLU, Human Rights First, and the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in Melbourne, Australia. Upon graduation, she received the Spirit of Ignatius award for her commitment to public service. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and is admitted to practice law in Louisiana. Kaitlin speaks Spanish and is conversational in Moroccan Arabic.