Laura Nally, ESQ.

Deputy Program Director

Laura joined CAIR Coalition in 2019 with the detained children’s program. Before joining CAIR Coalition, she was the managing attorney of the Houston office of Human Rights First, where she trained and mentored volunteer lawyers in the pro bono representation of asylum seekers, coordinated pro se assistance projects, and supported the advocacy team on issues of U.S. asylum law, policies, and practices.

Before moving to Houston, Laura was a staff attorney in the Washington, D.C. office of Human Rights First and a staff attorney with Ayuda, where she specialized in representing child clients and survivors of domestic violence. Before joining Ayuda, Laura was a Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney in 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. 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 from the College of William and Mary and a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. She speaks fluent Spanish.