2016 Equal Justice Works Fellow, Adriel Orozco

Adriel Orozco

Name of Host Organization: New Mexico Immigrant Law Center
City, State: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Issue area: Immigrant Populations
Sponsors: Anonymous

The Project

Increase access to legal services for low-income immigrants in underserved and rural communities in New Mexico through strategic collaboration with community partners.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project: 
New Mexico is sparsely populated and an extremely impoverished state. It currently ranks as the worse state to be a child due to poverty, the large number of single-parent households, and the lack of educational opportunities. Low-income immigrant families face particular hardships. They are among the poorest of the working poor. Foreign-born individuals are less likely to graduate from high school and more likely to be employed in service occupations, live in poverty, and be unemployed.
The Right Person For This Project: 
Adriel is the right person for the project because:
• He has strong knowledge of immigration law, having worked in the area for more than six years
• As an active advocate for immigrant communities before and throughout law school, he has connections to many advocacy groups and organizations with whom he can collaborate
• As a child of immigrants and native of New Mexico, he has intimate knowledge of the issues immigrants in the state face

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