Diana Ricaurte

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Diana Ricaurte

At the age of eleven, Diana emigrated from Colombia to the U.S.  As an immigrant, she struggled with assimilating into her new country.  Experiencing the complexities of the American immigration system first hand while adjusting her own status, fueled Diana’s passion to pursue a career in immigration law.   As a first-year law student at St. John’s University School of Law, Diana learned about the harsh reality of detention centers while helping women prepare for their credible fear interviews with the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services at the Karnes Family Detention Center.  Diana has interned at Human Rights First and Catholic Charities where she helped individuals in removal proceedings.  Diana has also worked with immigrants seeking workers compensation, social security disability benefits and assistance in Family Court proceedings.  Diana works with IJC’s Central American Protection Project in Hempstead, Long Island, a partnership with Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN) to provide legal assistance to unaccompanied children and immigrant families with children seeking asylum.