Asylum Initiative Coordinator Luis Eduardo Melean, originally from Venezuela, attended business school and culinary school before immigrating to the United States in 2016. Luis joined MIA because he has always been inclined to help those in need.
During his first year in Memphis, Luis volunteered at Asha’s Refuge as an ESL teacher. He later worked as a paralegal at a private immigration law firm, where he learned about immigration law and the major humanitarian crisis facing immigrants in our country, including his own family. The more exposure he gained to the immigrant community in Memphis, the more he was drawn to work in the nonprofit sector.
Luis’s areas of interest include immigration relief for trauma survivors as well as gender-based asylum claims, something he identifies with as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. As he continues building his career, he plans to pursue a degree in psychology, and afterwards, he hopes to go to law school to be able to practice immigration law with a better understanding of the psychological impact of immigration.