an idea + a lot of hard work
Maria is a resident of Ventura County, and a recent graduate of California Lutheran University. With a long history of being active the community, in her senior year at CLU Maria started a project to research the adequacy of legal assistance for immigrants in our community. She found numerous occasions of immigrants being fraudulently represented by individuals without legal training at outrageous cost and resulting in some undocumented people losing their life’s savings. Her project will continue to pursue her research to gain more data so that she can educate the immigrant community and approach local political leadership and law enforcement to take action to end this exploitation.