Araceli joined CLSEPA in March 2017 to build a program that brings impact litigation and engages in policy advocacy to benefit immigrant communities on the Peninsula. Prior to joining CLSEPA, Araceli worked for the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights; ACLU National, as a member of the Women’s Rights Project and then the Immigrants’ Rights Project; and Legal Aid at Work (formerly, the Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center), in the National Origin, Immigration, and Language Rights Program. Araceli also served as a law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge David Briones. Araceli received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley’s Law School (Boalt Hall) and earned her undergraduate degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Araceli has taught Spanish for Lawyers as a lecturer at Berkeley Law, and is the 2010 recipient of the Hon. Thelton E. Henderson Social Justice Prize, which is awarded by Berkeley Law. Before law school, Araceli taught bilingual kindergarten through Teach for America in Oakland, California, and is herself a Mexican immigrant. She sits on the Executive Board of the American Constitution Society’s Bay Area Lawyers Chapter and is President of the East Bay La Raza Lawyers Association.

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