Dilley Volunteers

Last year, with immigration and asylum issues making headlines on a daily basis, about a dozen Chicago-Kent students from the Immigration Law Society spent their 2018 spring break providing pro bono legal services, supervised by alumna Samantha Lloyd ’13, at the South Texas Family Residential Detention Center in Dilley, Texas. The Dilley facility, located 80 miles from San Antonio, is the nation’s largest immigrant detention center and has the capacity to hold 2,600 migrant women and children seeking asylum in the United States.

Winter 2019 Trip

Given the success of the 2018 trip and the amount of work students did, before, during, and after their time in Dilley, Chicago-Kent is offering the experience again in January 2019, this time as a formal two-credit class that will count towards the law school’s Praxis Certificate.

Another group of students (about half of whom are making the trip for the first time) will travel to Dilley with Ms. Lloyd from January 12 to 19:

Rebecca Spira

Rebecca Spira


Class of 2019 

Dilley Statement: I am a 3L at Chicago-Kent and last year’s Immigration Law Society president. I’ve had the privilege of putting this trip together with Joanna Martin. I began my…

Joanna Martin

Joanna Martin


Class of 2019 

Dilley Statement: I am a 3L student at Chicago-Kent College of law, a Los Angeles native, and proud daughter of Mexican immigrants. I am very involved at school and have…

Tatiana Alonso

Tatiana Alonso


Class of 2020 

Dilley Statement: My name is Tatiana Alonso, a proud daughter of Mexican immigrants. My interest in immigration is very personal, I grew up in a mixed-status household. In addition to…

Diana Gomez

Diana Gomez


Class of 2020 

Dilley Statement: My name is Diana Gomez and I am a 2L at Chicago-Kent. I am interested in going to Dilley to help the women and children who are detained,…

Melissa Ortega

Melissa Ortega


Class of 2019 

Dilley Statement: I am once again participating in this trip because it was such an impactful, albeit gut-wrenching, and rewarding experience. The asylum-seeking women and children that we were able…

Rosie O'Malley

Rosie O’Malley


Class of 2019 

Sam Dixon


Class of 2019 

Dilley Statement: As someone working in indigent defense, I routinely navigate unequal power structures that prey on vulnerable people by weaponizing stereotypes, shortcuts, and fear. Our current immigration system is…