Maricela Montoya

  • Hosted by Public Law Center
  • Service location Santa Ana, California
  • Law school University of California, Berkeley School of Law
  • Issue area Immigrant Populations, Immigrant Populations/Minorities
  • Fellowship class year 2011
  • Program AmeriCorps Fellows Program

The Project

Maricela committed to providing access to justice for Orange County’s low income residents. Maricela provides direct legal services in immigration to victims of various crimes and human trafficking through U Visas and T Visas, to domestic violence survivors through Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions, and to abandoned or abused minors through Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) petitions. Additionally, she spends time managing a bi-weekly legal clinic at the site of one of the Public Law Center’s numerous community partners, and also doing outreach and engaging law students in various volunteer opportunities.

What’s Next

Maricela is now an asylum officer at U.S. Citizen & Immigration Services.

Public interest law means ensuring that access to legal justice is not based on income or race.

Maricela Montoya /
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