Marissa Herrera

Council on American-Islamic Relations

Council on American-Islamic Relations


As the child of Salvadoran immigrants Marissa Herrera has always felt a duty to help others especially the most vulnerable communities. She found her passion for public interest work while interning for Mayor Ed Lee in San Francisco and interning for Catholic Charities of the East Bay. During her internship at Catholic Charities of the East Bay her passion for immigration work was solidified, where she was able to help diverse immigrant families in her community during citizenship drives, writing declarations for waivers and general immigration clinics. After interning for Catholic Charities of the East Bay she participated in her law school’s Immigration Policy Clinic for 3 semesters, the clinic gave her an opportunity to focus more on her research work and learning more about the immigration court system. Marissa also spent time working for a private immigration firm helping with asylum work, specifically helping victims of domestic violence and families fleeing from gang violence. Through all of Marissa’s immigration work she has never lost sight of her main purpose to help immigrants in this country obtain the same opportunities she has been able to pursue and to continue advocating for immigrant rights. Marissa plans to continue advocating for immigrants and immigrant rights, she also plans to continue working in immigration law as an attorney. Marissa received her BA in Communication from UC Davis and recently graduated from the University of San Francisco with her JD.

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