2012 Equal Justice Works Fellow, Maria-Daniel Asturias

Maria-Daniel Asturias

Name of Host Organization: Center for Responsible Lending
City, State: Washington, District of Columbia
Issue area: Consumer Rights
Sponsors: Friends & Family of Philip M. Stern

The Project

Mara preserved family and community wealth by protecting Latino consumers from predatory and abusive auto lending practices through direct representation, community education and outreach, and policy work.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project: 
The loss of a car can have a devastating impact on families' lives, often resulting in an inability to seek and maintain employment. This is turn further limits families' access to opportunities such as home ownership and higher education. Through direct representation, community education and outreach, and policy work, Maria's project helped fill a critical gap in advocacy on behalf of Latino consumers.
Fellowship Highlights: 
During her Fellowship, Maria:
• Screened and provided advice to more than 150 clients at both Watsonville Law Center and Rosner, Barry & Babbitt and aided more than a dozen in receiving full representation by consumer experts
• Completed a webinar for the National Association of Consumer Advocates entitled “Spanish Speaking Victims of Auto Fraud: Underserved and Underrepresented.” More than 30 organizations from around the country participated in the discussion, including members of both the private bar and the legal aid community

Biography

Hometown:

Merced, California

Law school:

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