Aidin Castillo

Immigration Senior Staff Attorney

As an Immigration Staff Attorney at Centro Legal, Aidin works primarily with families seeking asylum and other forms of relief from deportation before the Immigration Courts and U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services. Prior to joining Centro Legal, Aidin worked at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) where she was responsible for launching ILRC’s national immigration policy office, based in Washington, D.C. As a policy attorney, Aidin’s work focused on the immigration consequences of crime and drafting legislation and policies to eliminate unjust immigration penalties for immigrants and end the criminalization of immigrant communities. Aidin also provided technical assistance through the Attorney of the Day program and contributed to ILRC manuals on naturalization, family-based immigration, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and Removal Defense.

Aidin also previously worked at California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation (CRLAF) providing advice and counsel to rural immigrant communities. During law school, Aidin was the inaugural recipient of the Michael Maggio Immigrants’ Rights Fellowship of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Prior to law school Aidin worked as a community organizer in her hometown of Santa Barbara, California, organizing immigrant and working families on issues of immigration, education, a living wage and public transportation.

Aidin’s passion for immigrants’ rights stems from her own experience as an immigrant from Mexico. Aidin holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Davis. She is a board member of the UC Davis Immigration Clinic Alumni Council.