Nicole Cortés, Co-Director & Attorney Hablo Español
Nicole T.S. Cortés graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in May 2012 with a Masters of Social Work and her Juris Doctorate. Upon graduation, Nicole co-founded the Migrant and Immigrant Community Action (MICA) Project with a law school classmate, Jessica Mayo. Nicole is fluent in Spanish and more than 90% of her clients are Spanish-speaking. She heads the MICA Project’s efforts to reach out to the Latino community. She has experience working with community partners, coalition building, community outreach, and program coordination and evaluation. She is experienced at addressing the non-legal needs of her clients in the context of immigration law. She is licensed to practice law in Missouri.
Jessica Mayo, Co-Director & Attorney
Jessica Mayo co-founded the Migrant and Immigrant Community Action (MICA) Project with a law school classmate, Nicole Cortés. Jessica works with clients from across the globe, including Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Jessica graduated first in her class from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis in May 2012 with her Juris Doctorate. She is licensed to practice law in Missouri.
Ashley Hamill, Multilingual Staff Attorney Hablo Español Je parle français
Originally from Florida, Ashley Hamill earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities from Florida State University and an Master of Arts in History and Literature from Columbia University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Global Center in Paris.Ashley graduated from the Florida State University College of Law in May 2018. After spending her final semester of law school as an intern at the MICA Project, Ashley joined the MICA staff as the attorney for the Children’s Immigration Advocacy Program. She is fluent in Spanish and French. Ashley is licensed to practice law in Missouri.
María Torres Wedding, Coordinator of Client Support Services Hablo Español
María Torres Wedding was born in Monterrey, Mexico and moved to the United States at an early age with her family. She is committed to help improve the health and well-being of immigrant communities. After finishing a Master of Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis, she developed extensive experience working with non-profits in the St. Louis area. At MICA, María coordinates external referrals for clients, connecting them to information, resources, and other community agencies. María is also Chair of the Membership Committee at the Immigrant Service Provider Network (ISPN) which works to increase access to services for the foreign born and their families.
Carol Vizzier, Director of Operations
With a background in law school and non-profit administration, as well as pro bono coordination in both non-profit and law firm settings, Carol hopes to apply these skills to the day-to-day operations at MICA and to expanding opportunities for MICA volunteers, particularly pro bono attorneys. She holds a B.A. in English from Haverford College and a J.D. from Cornell Law School with a certificate in Public Law. She has been a fan of the MICA project since its inception and is delighted to join the organization.
Candace Attah, Client Support and Community Engagement Coordinator
Candace Attah is originally from Dallas, Texas but has spent much of her adult life in St Louis, MO. She graduated with a degree in history from Washington University in St Louis. While living in the city of St Louis, Candace volunteered with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis in conjunction with the Taize Community in Burgundy, France to bring racial reconciliation and healing to the city. In addition to volunteering, she enjoys spending time outdoors (camping, hiking, kayaking), traveling abroad, and listening to live music.
Stephen Lightle, Bilingual Legal Assistant Hablo Español
Stephen Lightle is fluent in Spanish after teaching and learning the language in the United States, Mexico, and Spain. He attended Central Missouri State University and Saint Louis University for his B.A. and M.A., respectively, and also received a Master's from the University of Alcalá de Henares in Spain. He has volunteered with the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project to assist asylum-seeking women and children being detained near the U.S. border. He has also taught Spanish at SLU and has experience working with the immigrant community in a legal context. Stephen carries out Spanish interpretation and translation for MICA's clients, oversees donations to the organization, assists clients in the composition of their affidavits, and manages the intake process for reviewing new potential cases.