Graciela Rodarte is a senior at the University of Arizona majoring in Law and minoring in Spanish. She is currently working at Step Up to Justice, a Pro Bono law firm, that provides legal advice to low-income community members who cannot pay for an attorney in Tucson. She has interned with the International Rescue Committee and the Colibri Human Rights Center. At the International Rescue Committee, her time consisted of helping refugees, asylees, and any other person in the Tucson community fix their immigration status. Graciela’s fluency in Spanish helps her communicate with families all over Latin America to complete in-takes at Colibri Human Rights Center. Colibri Human Rights Center help families look for their missing person who was attempting to cross the Southern Arizona/Mexico border. They also provide free DNA tests to help families identify missing remains to send back to their families. She plans to attend law school and one day hopes to practice immigration law.
Graciela’s mentor stated, “Graciela has deep compassion for those who are vulnerable and need a voice, especially immigrants. She is a kind-hearted defender of those in need of support.”