Maria’s long-standing commitment to advocating for immigrant rights stems from seeing the distress and fear her parents experienced about their immigration status. During law school, Maria interned with Kid in Need of Defense and with Brooklyn Defender Services. During her second year, she participated in the University of Washington School of Law’s Immigration Law Clinic where she and her partner were able to reunify a separated family. She also co-founded the student organization SAI Justice (Student Advocates for Immigrant Justice). Maria is excited to join Safe Passage Project, where she will be representing refugee and immigrant children who face deportation.