Dear Centro Legal Community,
We are happy to share that Lourdes Martinez recently joined Centro Legal as Directing Attorney of our Immigrants’ Rights Practice!
This last year has been transformational for the Immigrants’ Rights team here at Centro Legal. We have advocated for and with our clients in detention centers for their rights and partnered with community organizations to defend clients in vulnerable and abusive situations from ICE threats. In addition, Centro Legal continues to serve as a leader in responding to the needs of refugee children and families fleeing violence and seeking asylum, continuing our partnerships with Oakland and Hayward school districts, where to date, we have represented hundreds of unaccompanied minors. I am so proud of the work this team has accomplished to represent the values and strong foundation of protecting, fighting, and advocating for our community.
“I am excited to be joining Centro Legal during such an inspiring time in the organization’s history and a time when the need for bold advocacy for immigrant justice and liberation is critical. My hope is to lead the Immigrant Rights Team with a vision of legal services as part of movement-building for immigrant dignity. With millions of undocumented individuals excluded from our democracy and our nationhood, as well as many more at our borders seeking refuge and safety, ours is a time of moral crisis. Our challenge is not only to stand in solidarity with our clients, advocating on their behalf in a way that centers their voices, their stories and their courage; but also to commit to realizing that vision of justice internally as well as externally. As an immigrant woman from Mexico, I am proud to be joining an organization that values diversity, inclusion and empowerment from within. I hope to honor Centro’s intentions and to work alongside my team to build our collective leadership and power, so that together we can have the kind of impact that reflects and promotes true transformation.” — Lourdes Martinez
Lourdes shares Centro Legal’s movement lawyering vision – taking direction directly from impacted communities and organizers to build people power and create long lasting sustainable change. I am confident that our Immigrants’ Rights practice will continue to thrive and grow under Lourdes’ leadership! Thank you for helping us celebrate this new chapter of our organization.