2012 Equal Justice Works Fellow, Michelle Mora Rueda
Michelle Mora Rueda
Name of Host Organization: inMotion, Inc.
City, State: New York, New York
Issue area: Immigrant Populations
Sponsors: Greenberg Traurig
Through this project, I will represent victims of gender violence facing removal proceedings in immigration court to help them obtain immigration status and the right to keep their families together in the United States. I also hope to empower victims by providing them with knowledge of their rights and ensuring that more immigrants in removal proceedings have access to quality legal representation by equipping pro bono attorneys with the tools necessary to represent immigrants in removal proceedings.
Making the connection:
Through my previous volunteer work, I realized how many people lack access to legal representation and the knowledge that they can seek protection within the legal system.
Surviving law school:
Talk to your family, or someone outside of law school; they are the best cheerleaders when you are feeling overwhelmed. Volunteer in something you never considered. I interpreted for victims of domestic and gender violence seeking immigration relief; it is the best thing I have ever done.
“Love in Time of Cholera” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, for the beauty of words; “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen, for Elizabeth's tenacity; and “The Godfather” by Mario Puzzo, because “it’s not personal [Sonny], it’s strictly business.”