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Laura Nally

Managing Attorney (Houston)

Laura Nally is the managing attorney of the Houston office of Human Rights First. As managing attorney, Laura oversees the pro bono legal representation of indigent asylum seekers by providing support, mentoring, and training to volunteer lawyers in Houston. In addition, Laura provides support to Human Rights First’s advocacy team on issues of U.S. asylum law, policies, and practices.

Prior to moving to Houston, Laura was a staff attorney in the Washington, D.C. office of Human Rights First. Prior to her work at Human Rights First, Laura was a staff attorney with Ayuda, where she specialized in representing child clients and survivors of domestic violence, and a Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney at the Washington, D.C. office of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), where she recruited, trained, and mentored volunteer attorneys in the representation of unaccompanied children. While at KIND, Laura was a frequent speaker on children’s immigration matters. Laura began her career as a Legal Fellow at the American Immigration Counsel. She has also worked as pro bono fellow at a large law firm in Washington, D.C. and as a VAWA Staff Attorney with the Esperanza Center of Catholic Charities of Baltimore.

Laura has a bachelor’s degree in Government and Economics from the College of William and Mary and a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. She is a member of the bars of Virginia and the District of Columbia. Laura speaks fluent Spanish.

June 14, 2018
Houston, Texas—As the Trump Administration ramps up detention of refugees and migrants as part of its zero-tolerance policy, Human Rights First today released a new report analyzing the mental,...
June 07, 2018
Los Angeles, California—Human Rights First today praised a letter sent by Mayors Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles, Sylvester Turner of Houston, Jonathan Rothschild of ...
May 25, 2018
Houston, TX—Human Rights First today announced that it has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Texas Bar Foundation to increase the organization's legal representation for asylum seekers in the...