Nicole Cortés, Co-Director Habla 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
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.
Katie Herbert Meyer, Supervising Attorney and Program Coordinator
Katie Herbert Meyer is an experienced immigration lawyer who joined the MICA Project staff part-time in Fall 2014 as the Program Coordinator and Legal Adviser. Katie has been a MICA Project supporter since its early days and, up until her hiring, was an integral member of the Board of Directors. Prior to joining the MICA Project, she practiced immigration law at the Bleisch Law Firm in St. Louis. Before that, she was the Legal Director at Interfaith Legal Services for Immigrants. She has also taught Immigration Law and Policy as an Adjunct Professor at Washington University School of Law. Katie brings years of legal expertise to the MICA Project team, and currently serves as their Program Coordinator and Supervising Attorney.
Meredith Bloch, Multilingual Staff Attorney Habla Español, Parle Français
Meredith Bloch is licensed to practice law in Missouri and New York. Prior to joining the MICA Project, she spent four years as an associate at a large, international law firm in New York and Paris, where she represented a variety of clients in pro bono immigration matters. Her practice also included international litigation and arbitration, as well as human rights work, for which she received the Legal Aid Society’s Pro Bono Publico Award for volunteer lawyers who provide exceptional legal services to low-income New Yorkers. Bloch graduated from Cornell Law School in May 2010 with her Juris Doctorate. Before attending law school, she was a Fulbright scholar in the Dominican Republic where she worked with the Jesuit Refugee Services. Bloch is fluent in French and Spanish, having spent years living in Latin America and France.
Stephen Lightle, Bilingual Legal Assistant Habla 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. 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 community. Stephen carries out Spanish interpretation and translation for MICA's clients, as well as managing the intake process for reviewing new potential cases.
María Torres Wedding, Coordinator of Client Support Services Habla 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.
Gabrielle Rogoff, Client Support and Community Engagement Coordinator
Gabrielle graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2017 with a B.A. in Anthropology. Throughout her undergraduate career, Gabrielle was actively involved in Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns, through which she participated in programs that partner undergraduates with local and national community organizations. During the school year and over summer breaks, she volunteered with the Catholic Worker and the Boys and Girls Club of America, led community-based learning seminars in Washington, D.C. and Chicago, and conducted community-based research on housing policy in South Bend, IN. After graduating, Gabrielle committed to a year of full-time service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, and she is excited to serve in her placement at the MICA Project.
Melanie Farrell, Client Support and Community Engagement Coordinator
Melanie graduated from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, in 2017 with a B.S. in Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication, and minors in Communication Studies and Humanitarian Affairs. During her time in college, Melanie led student groups to serve and advocate for different communities, specifically through agencies such as United Against Human Trafficking, LA Mission, and Wellspring Living. She also held the position of Community Service Chair for SafeRides, a student-run nonprofit with a mission to create a safer community for the city of Harrisonburg. Now, Melanie serves as a full-time volunteer through the Loretto Volunteer Program and is excited to be a part of the MICA team for 2017-2018.