Cecilia Lopez Santiesteban

Supervising Attorney

Cecilia is a Supervising Attorney at Immigrant Justice Corps. Cecilia first joined IJC as a Justice Fellow in 2016 and was placed at Catholic Charities Community Services, Archdiocese of New York. In this role, she provided direct representation to detained and non-detained adults and children in removal proceedings before EOIR and in a variety of complex affirmative applications before USCIS. She also participated in monthly community legal clinics and led Know Your Rights presentations and other community engagement efforts throughout the Lower Hudson Valley.

Most recently, Cecilia serves as the Fragomen Fellow at the City Bar Justice Center, a pro bono affiliate of the New York City Bar Association. In her role, she represented immigrants in removal proceedings and in complex affirmative applications. She trained and mentored lawyers providing pro bono services, led community legal clinics, and participated in community education, including presentations conducted in Spanish, and other outreach activities.

Cecilia received her J.D., cum laude, from American University Washington College of Law. During law school, she interned for Kids in Need of Defense, National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project, was a student attorney at the Immigrant and Human Rights Clinic at Florida Coastal School of Law and served as a teaching assistant for the Immigration & Naturalization Law course. She received her B.A. in Political Science from San Jose State University.