Position: Legal Services Assistant
Susan Anel (she/her) was born in Zitacuaro, Michoacan, Mexico. She immigrated with her family to the United States when she was 2 years old and lived with her family in various cities throughout Los Angeles county. Susan credits older undocumented students and community members that guided and encouraged her journey to college. Susan graduated from UC Berkeley in 2020 with a degree in Political Economy.
During her junior year, Susan was a Legal Fellow at Immigrants Rising. Her experience as a Legal Fellow further influenced her interest in law and accessibility to reliable and holistic legal resources. In her college senior year, Susan was a DreamSF fellow where she was placed at Jubilee Immigration Advocates.
Susan is currently an Immigrant Justice Corps (IJC) Community Fellow and is placed at Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition and works in the universal representation detained adult program in Maryland. As a fellow, Susan supports attorneys who work with detained adults in cases that often intersect criminal and immigration law. Susan is very critical of dichotomous “good” and “bad” immigrant narratives and legal-institutional processes. She is passionate about work that empowers communities in their own self-determination and agency.