Staff Attorney, Immigration Practice
Maria Romani was born in Peru and grew up in Central California. In 2009, she earned her B.A. from UCLA, where she majored in Political Science and History and graduated magna cum laude. While in college, Maria dedicated her time to educational retention work by volunteering both on-campus through student groups and off-campus at local middle schools. Upon graduating from college, Maria was admitted to New York University School of Law as a Latinx Rights Scholar. She participated in NYU’s Immigrant Rights Clinic, representing an unaccompanied minor and alongside domestic workers to enforce a newly passed worker’s rights law. Maria also interned at the Brooklyn Family Defense Project, advocating for parents accused of abuse and neglect against their children, and was an Ella Baker Intern at the Center for Constitutional Rights, where she worked on FOIA litigation surrounding Secure Communities.
Prior to joining BDS, Maria was an immigration attorney at Make the Road New York, where she helped build the immigration unit, advocated around immigration services fraud, and represented both noncitizens in affirmative applications to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and those in removal proceedings. Moreover, Maria worked together with community organizers to provide legal support and help strategize around local campaigns. In 2011, she helped launch MRNY’s educational campaign around community raids.
In her current role at BDS, Maria is part of the NYIFUP unit representing detained, and previously detained, noncitizens facing deportation.
Maria is admitted to practice in New York and is fluent in Spanish.