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TDWHarris July Meeting

Elise Griesmyer

At our July meeting, Elise Griesmyer will speak about her work helping immigrant crime victims, primarily women who have been subjected to human trafficking and sexual assault.  Elise is the Senior Supervising Attorney for the Crime Victims Assistance Program at Catholic Charities’ St. Frances Cabrini Center for Immigrant Legal Assistance (“Cabrini Center”).  In her work for the Cabrini Center, Elise helps immigrant victims of crimes to apply for immigration benefits, including humanitarian relief such as visas and remedies under the Violence Against Women Act.

Elise also works with law enforcement agencies and other organizations to provide immigrants education and training about their rights.  She makes “know your rights” presentations at crisis shelters and community organizations. Elise is a frequent lecturer at the University of Houston Law Center, the South Texas College of Law, and victims’ rights coalition meetings and conferences. Before working for the Cabrini Center, Elise worked for a Houston law firm, Paz & Associates, representing clients in criminal, civil, and immigration proceedings.  Elise obtained her law degree from the University of Houston Law Center and her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.

TDWHarris June Meeting

Carla Brailey, Ph.D.

Carla Brailey, Ph.D., will be our speaker for June, and her topic will be social inequality.  Dr. Brailey is a native of Houston and an Assistant Professor at Texas Southern University in the Department of Sociology.  Dr Brailey’s courses address social inequality including social problems, social change and social movements, education, politics, religion and urban living.  Dr. Brailey is a regular presenter at national and international conferences.

In addition to her doctorate degree, Dr. Brailey has two Masters degrees: Divinity and Women’s Studies and Counseling Psychology.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. Dr. Brailey is a dedicated leader and participant in the political process, as well as public service leadership, both in Washington, D.C. and in Houston.  Among her notable accomplishments, Dr. Brailey served in the former Mayor Adrian Fenty’s Cabinet as the Executive Director of Community Affairs in Washington, D.C.  Her achievements are too many to list in this short summary.  Please read more at Dr. Carla D. Brailey, Faculty, Texas Southern University.

Through all of her accomplishments, Dr. Brailey is most proud of being a mother to her daughter, Marley J.