Carolina Martin Ramos Joins Centro Legal de La Raza
We are excited to welcome Carolina Martin Ramos to Centro Legal de la Raza. She is our new Director of Programs and Advocacy and Interim Immigrant Rights Directing Attorney.
Carolina joins us with significant experience in immigration law, most recently serving as Supervising Attorney at the American Bar Association – Immigration Justice Project. In this role, she provided services to non citizens near the Tijuana-San Diego border and Otay Mesa Detention Center.
She has been recognized for her work with indigenous migrants, asylum seekers fleeing gender violence, transgender clients in detention, Afro-Mestiza asylum seekers from Mexico and victims of labor trafficking. Additionally, she serves as a Qualified Representative (QR) to Franco class members deemed incompetent by an immigration judge.
She is a bilingual immigration attorney providing direct representation, removal defense in the Fifth and Ninth Circuits, program development, creative advocacy, community engagement, and litigation. She is a zealous advocate for those experiencing humanitarian crisis, such as families separated due to the DHS Zero Tolerance Policies. She also served as Director of the Victims of Crime Program at Casa Cornelia Law Center in San Diego, providing high quality representation to victims of serious crimes, while supervising, training and mentoring attorneys and legal staff.
Her lived experiences combined with authentic engagement to diverse communities across the Bay Area, Southern California, New Mexico, Guatemala and Mexico drive her commitment, core values and convictions. She called the Bay Area home for many years and studied La Raza Studies at San Francisco State University. She earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of New Mexico School of Law and holds teaching credentials in both CA and NM.