Marie has worked at IDP for nearly eight years. She led IDP’s defender support work through the Padilla Support Center and the organization’s resources and training for immigration and criminal defense attorneys. She managed the Hotline through significant growth, including the devastating panic from community members targeted by the Trump administration. Marie also led IDP’s work advocating for equitable and inclusive marijuana legalization in New York State. Marie began her legal career at Brooklyn Defender Services, where she advised community members of the immigration consequences of criminal convictions and worked collaboratively with defense attorneys on creative strategies for mitigating or eliminating negative consequences. She also represented immigrants with convictions in affirmative applications and defended immigrants from removal in detained and non-detained proceedings. She graduated from New York University School of Law where she participated in the Children’s Rights Clinic and Immigrant Rights Clinic. She received her undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College. She is originally from Brooklyn and a proud daughter of immigrants.