Brizeyda Parada Umana
Born in El Salvador to a family of farmers, Brizeyda emigrated to the U.S. with her mother and sister in 1999. Brizeyda’s immigration journey, and her personal struggles as an immigrant, are the driving force behind her desire to become an immigration attorney. Brizeyda has been involved in the immigrant rights movement for many years – advocating for herself, her loved ones, and her community. Brizeyda previously served as a Dream Summer Fellow working to advocate for immigrant workers; she’s also participated in the Law Student Union Summer program, and the Peggy Browning Fund. As a Student Attorney for the Immigration Justice Clinic at the Elizabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, Brizeyda helped provide direct services to low-income non-citizen community members. She is placed with Catholic Legal Services of Miami where she provides immigration legal services to asylum-seekers, unaccompanied minor children, and immigrant survivors of domestic violence detained at the Broward Transitional Center.