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Erica joined Rios & Cruz in October 2010 and works primarily in the Tacoma office. Currently, Erica’s practice focuses on detained removal cases including cancellation of removal, asylum, withholding of removal, adjustment of status, waivers, U and T visas, stays of removal and federal court litigation. Before joining the firm, Erica practiced immigration law on the U.S./Mexico border with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) where she was the managing attorney for TRLA’s Anti-Human Trafficking team and the director of the Legal Orientation Program at the Willacy Detention Center in Raymondville, Texas. Erica has a background in international human rights and has worked on various human rights issues in Mexico, Guatemala, and Costa Rica. In August of 2012, Erica was appointed to service on the American Bar Association’s Commission on Immigration and is the co-chair of the Commission’s Mental Health Advisory Group. Erica has done pro bono work with both Volunteer Advocates for Immigrant Justice (VAIJ) and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. Erica is licensed by the State Bar of Texas and is admitted to practice before the Fifth and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals.


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%


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Rios & Cruz, P.S.

811 1st Ave
Suite 340
Seattle, WA, 98104


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 200307/16/2016
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Pro Bono AwardAila Washington Chapter2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerRios & Cruz, P.S.2010 - Present
AttorneyTexas Riogrande Legal Aid, Inc.2003 - 2010
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar Association, Immigration CommissionBoard of Commissioners2012 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers Associationociation (DC chapter)Member2004 - Present
National Lawyers Guild, National Immigration ProjectMember2003 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Texas School of LawN/AN/A2003
University of Texas School of LawLatin American StudiesMA - Masters2003
University of Wisconsin Law SchoolPolitical Science & International RelationsBA - Bachelor of Arts1996