Immigration attorney & co-director
Passionate about interacting with, learning from, and assisting people from all horizons, Marie is deeply committed to the promotion and defense of human rights and migrants' rights in the United States and abroad.
Involved with Pangea since its creation, Marie contributed to building its foundation and to increase the organization’s capacity.
Previously, at the 19th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Marie represented the California-based NGO, Human Rights Advocates. She presented her report on juvenile sentencing practices to the Council, and lobbied for the inclusion of protective language in the Resolution on the Rights of the Child. She also worked with the Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights' Asylum Program in San Francisco, as an intake volunteer.
In addition to her proficiency in family-based immigration, asylum law, and deportation defense, Marie has experience in employment-based immigration, including immigrant and nonimmigrant visas. In 2010, she interned with the Global Migration Department of Baker & McKenzie LLP in Palo Alto, California. In 2012 and 2013 she continued practicing in this area as a contract attorney for Bertoni Law, in San Francisco, and the Law Office of Nancy Hormachea, in Berkeley, California. She also previously volunteered for Nilou's sliding-scale low bono practice and as a part-time attorney with Pangea.
Before attending Law School, Marie interned with the CentroAmerican Court of Justice in Managua, Nicaragua. She also volunteered at an elementary school in the Gao Region of Mali for one summer.
Marie earned her undergraduate and master’s degree in Political Science, Economics and Latin American Studies from Sciences Po (Institute of Political Studies) of Grenoble, France ('09), where she grew up. She received her law degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law ('12), where she developed her passion for migrants' rights and worked on papers involving ethics for immigration lawyers and comparative asylum law.
Marie is licensed to practice law in California. She speaks English, French and Spanish.