Paralegal, Immigration Practice (NYIFUP)
Melissa is a paralegal in the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP) at Brooklyn Defender Services. Prior to joining BDS in 2016, Melissa worked as a paralegal with Children’s Rights, a legal advocacy organization that uses impact litigation to address institutional failings in child welfare systems.
Melissa graduated from the University of Chicago in June 2014, where she studied Political Science. While at UChicago, Melissa volunteered and interned at community organizations dedicated to fighting for immigrant rights. Her work with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) and the Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center for Victims of Torture helped fuel her interest in public interest and advocacy work.
As a native Brooklynite and first generation American, Melissa is proud to be part of a Brooklyn-based organization that does such important work to ensure that low-income New Yorkers, including immigrants, get the legal and social services they deserve.