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. She is licensed to practice law in Missouri. She 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 and frequently conducts presentations in Spanish. She has experience working with community partners, coalition building, community outreach, program coordination and evaluation, and knowledge of local resources. She is experienced at addressing non-legal needs in the context of immigration law. Her legal experience before starting at the MICA Project included Places for People/Community Alternatives, The Law Offices of Suzanne Brown, and the Migrant Legal Assistance Project of the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago. She has also spent time volunteering with the Catholic Immigration Law Project.
Jessica Mayo, Co-Director
Jessica Mayo is licensed to practice law in Missouri. She specializes in family reunification cases and humanitarian issues. She works with clients from across the globe, including Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. She also has experience in legislative advocacy, organizing, communications, grant writing, working with donors, producing newsletters, planning events, and strategic planning initiatives. Mayo graduated first in her class from Washington University in St. Louis in May 2012 with her Juris Doctorate. She spent almost a year during law school working as a legal intern for various immigration attorneys in St. Louis, including Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, Interfaith Legal Services for Immigrants, and The Law Offices of Suzanne Brown.
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. Until recently, she practiced immigration law at the Bleisch Law Firm in St. Louis. Prior to 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 is an incredible asset.
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.
Katherine Abalos, Client Support & Community Engagement Coordinator
Katherine Abalos graduated from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, in 2015 with a B.S. in Psychology. While earning her undergraduate degree, Katherine served four years as a Victim’s Advocate for a sexual assault crisis center in Mobile. Following her graduation, Katherine joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and committed to a year of full-time service. She served at Sacred Heart Community Service in San Jose, California, in 2016 as a Community Engagement Coordinator & Social Equity Educator. Her role allowed her to work with others to explore the intersectionality and structural causes of injustice in our country. Katherine committed to an additional year as a full-time volunteer through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and joins the MICA team for 2017.