As a Gallogly Fellow, Katherine will partner with the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition to provide direct representation to bond-eligible individuals in immigration detention in the greater D.C. area. Leaving detention increases people's chances of retaining immigration representation and strengthens communities by keeping families together and productive community members out of detention. The project will also identify best practices in bond representation and build bond representation capacity in our community by assisting organizations that do not traditionally represent detained clients through the creation of training materials for clinics, pro-bono attorneys, and clients themselves.
Originally from Cleveland, OH, Katherine moved to Washington, D.C. in 2008, following her graduation from Connecticut College with a B.A. in International Relations. Prior to attending WCL, Katherine worked in the federal government and as an immigration and refugee policy analyst, most recently for Episcopal Migration Ministries. Katherine is currently a student-attorney with the Immigrant Justice Clinic, and a senior staff member with the American University Law Review.
Michelle will be working with Ayuda to provide accessible, empathetic, and adept legal services to the immigrant community in the D.C. metropolitan area. As a fellow, she will focus her efforts on supporting those individuals affected by the recent rescissions of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS), by providing direct representation, community education, and policy advocacy. She is excited and ready to work in defense of Immigrant Rights and the progression of human and civil rights for all members of society.
Michelle is an LA native and UC Davis undergrad alumni. She is the daughter of Salvadoran immigrants and has a passion for social justice and human rights. Prior to coming to law school, Michelle worked in the field of educational equity and access with programs aimed toward youth empowerment in rural Northern California. There, she saw the need for understanding and competent legal counsel in the immigrant community. She decided to pursue her JD in order to become a resource and advocate for vulnerable communities like that of Woodland, CA.
Michelle sharpened the skills necessary to work in immigration law and public interest by taking advantage of the many opportunities provided at AUWCL. As a law student, Michelle served on the board of ADVANCE (The mentorship program for first-generation law students), the Immigrant Rights Coalition, the National Lawyer's Guild, the Latinx Law Student Association, and taught as a fellow with the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Program at Dunbar High School.