Mariana spent over a decade teaching and using art as a tool for social change. After navigating the child welfare system as a foster-to-adopt parent, she went to law school to become an advocate for children and families. At CUNY Law, Mariana facilitated the “Planning with Parents Project,” helping immigrant families create emergency plans in case of detainment or deportation. Mariana also interned with the Center for Family Representation, LatinoJustice, and the Brooklyn Family Court. As an IJC fellow at Safe Passage Project, Mariana will provide legal representation to refugee and immigrant children who face deportation back to life-threatening situations.