Michelle Mendez

  • Hosted by Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services
  • Sponsored by DLA Piper LLP (US)
  • Service location Silver Spring, Maryland
  • Law school University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
  • Issue area Civil Rights/Civil Liberties, Immigrant Populations, Immigration Law Reform
  • Fellowship class year 2008
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Michelle’s project provided representation to immigrants in removal proceedings on account of civil rights violations on the part of local police and ICE agents. The project aimed to educate immigrant families, many of which have mixed immigration status, on their legal rights and how to protect themselves in case of immigration enforcement threatening to separate them. During her project, Michelle worked with local law enforcement agencies to maintain/develop immigrant friendly policies and convince these agencies to solely focus on enforcing state criminal law.


Keeping Families Together

A Family Will Remain United

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