Andre Segura is the Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas. The legal department litigates cases and engages in advocacy to challenge the most pressing threats to civil rights in Texas with a strategic focus on criminal justice reform, immigrants’ rights, LGBT rights, and reproductive freedom.
Prior to joining the ACLU of Texas, Andre was a senior staff attorney with the national ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project. His practice centered on immigration enforcement abuses by federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. Andre’s notable cases include a class action demonstrating at trial that Sheriff Joe Arpaio maintained a pattern and practice of racial profiling; 21-day civil contempt proceedings against Sheriff Arpaio for intentionally violating court orders (which led to Arpaio being found guilty of criminal contempt and ultimately the subject of President Trump’s first pardon); challenges to numerous state and local anti-immigrant laws; a damages action on behalf of 14 individuals unlawfully detained during a residential raid by federal immigration agents; and a lawsuit on behalf of mothers and children held at a remote detention facility in Artesia, New Mexico, challenging unconstitutional policies that denied a fair asylum process.
Andre is a frequent commentator on civil rights and liberties issues in both English and Spanish media outlets, including CNN, MSNBC, Univision, Telemundo, The New York Times, and many others.
Born and raised in Houston, Texas, to Colombian immigrant parents, Andre received a B.S. in chemical engineering with highest honors from the University of Texas at Austin in 2002 and a J.D. from New York University School of Law in 2006. He was previously a Marvin M. Karpatkin Fellow with the ACLU’s Racial Justice Program, a litigation fellow with the ACLU’s Northern California affiliate, and law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Napoleon A. Jones, Jr.