Matthew Bratek joined Tahirih in 2021. As a Legal Advocate in the Houston office, Matthew conducts pre-screens and intakes with potential clients, provides legal advocacy, organizes legal clinics, and provides administrative support to the legal team. Prior to joining Tahirih, Matthew served as a Legal Assistant with the Karnes Pro-Bono Project at RAICES helping to represent and defend asylum seekers subject to Expedited Removal. Before RAICES, Matthew served as an AmeriCorps member with Catholic Charities Diocese of Fort Worth providing Cultural Orientation and ESL to newly arrived refugees and asylees. While attending the University of North Texas as an undergrad, Matthew published a thesis entitled “Intervention and Protection: Impact of Humanitarian Intervention on Human Rights Violations.” Matthew lived and studied in Granada, Spain while attending university. Matthew has visited 8 countries including Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, The Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Poland and Morocco, and hopes to grow that list!
“I am inspired by Tahirih’s work to combat violence and abuse against women and children while providing them a platform to access justice and have their voices heard. It is an honor to advocate for the rights of our clients while working for an organization that not only empowers but recognizes each individual as an expert in their own journey.”
Education: University of North Texas, BA
Hometown: Buffalo, New York