Before law school, Mariel was an advocate at Human Rights First, where she learned about the injustices that force individuals and families to seek refuge. Informed by her work and her family’s immigration history, Mariel attended law school to empower immigrants. In her school’s Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, Mariel engaged in direct client work and created ‘know your rights’ materials for incarcerated immigrants. She has also represented detained families at RAICES and supported litigation efforts at the National Immigration Law Center. Mariel is thrilled to return to RAICES as an IJC Fellow, where she will represent detained families facing expedited removal.