Coming from a family and community of immigrants, Mariel is committed to defending the right to move for all persons.
Mariel joined Pangea in October 2017. Previously, Mariel defended immigrants facing deportation in NYU Law School’s Immigrant Rights Clinic and Advanced Immigrant Rights Clinic. During her time in the clinic, Mariel represented two lawful permanent residents in their bond and merits hearings in immigration court in New York. She argued a petition for habeas corpus challenging the mandatory detention of her client in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Mariel also filed a Brief in Opposition of Certiorari to the Supreme Court of the United States. In addition, Mariel served as a Staff Development Editor for the NYU Review of Law and Social Change and as Co-chair of the NYU Immigrant Rights Project student group. During her law school summers, she interned at the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, where she represented an asylum-seeker in immigration court, and the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office.
Prior to law school, Mariel worked as a paralegal in the Rackets Bureau at the Manhattan DA’s office, working on investigations into white-collar and organized crime, public integrity and official corruption. Mariel then became a paralegal at the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project in New York, where she assisted attorneys on the Project’s cases challenging prolonged and mandatory detention, racial profiling and anti-immigrant state and local laws.
Mariel graduated cum laude from Columbia University (’10), where she received her B.A. in Comparative Ethnic Studies and History. She received her law degree from New York University School of Law (’17) as a Latinx Rights Scholar, and was awarded the Christian Jarecki '98 Memorial Prize for outstanding work and commitment in a law clinic.
Mariel speaks English and Spanish.