Marissa attended law school to become an immigration attorney. She previously spent two years as a case manager for immigrant survivors of human trafficking. At UCLA Law, she took three direct service immigration clinics and spent both summers providing direct immigration services. She has worked on T-visa, U-visa, asylum, SIJS, and related adjustment-of-status applications. She is especially passionate about defensive immigration law and representing immigrants with criminal records. Through IJC’s Katzmann Fellowship, Marissa will be a removal defense lawyer with Dolores Street Community Services, which serves the San Francisco Bay Area and provides removal defense within its community organizing team.