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Delegate Maricé Morales was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates as the first Latina representing District 19 in 2014. She is currently the youngest Latina to serve at the state level in the country.  Delegate Morales is Vice-Chair of the Maryland Legislative Latino Caucus, Chair of the Violence Against Women subcommittee for the Women's Legislative Caucus and is on the Executive Committee of the National Caucus of Hispanic Legislators.

 

During her time in Annapolis, Delegate Morales has sponsored legislation to reform our criminal justice system, protect our immigrant communities, protect workers' rights, and combat the rape culture facing our country. Delegate Morales sat on the Judiciary Committee for her first two sessions where she worked on major criminal justice reform initiatives, including Justice Reinvestment, the elimination of mandatory minimums, bail reform, and police accountability. Starting with the 2016 session, she has been on the Health and Government Operations Committee, where she focuses on reproductive health and mental health issues.

 

Delegate Morales was recently recognized by Maryland National Organization for Women for her leadership on women's and immigrant issues for her work as lead Sponsor of the Maryland Trust Act which would have protected immigrant and Muslim Marylanders from the hateful anti-immigrant orders from the Trump administration. She was awarded the Governor's Award for her work combating Human Trafficking; and was the recipient of the Latino Democratic Club of Montgomery County's Mujeres Con Coraje Outstanding Public Service Award in recognition of her work and contributions to the welfare of the Latino community through public service. Before becoming elected, Delegate Morales's legal work extends from the Public Defender’s Office in New Orleans, LA to San Jose, Costa Rica at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. She was also a judicial extern in the Arlington County Circuit Court in the criminal and family law dockets. Fighting systemic racism and discrimination has been at the forefront of Delegate Morales' work. She has done pro bono immigration-related work at World Relief, where she represented people pursuing U-Visas and naturalization applications. Recently, she has done workers compensation pre-litigation work at a Montgomery County law firm.

 

From canvassing black neighborhoods to raise awareness about jury participation in Louisiana, to contributing to the international legal framework around discrimination and excessive use of force against afro-Latinos, Delegate Morales is constantly fighting to reinforce the basic human and constitutional  right to be treated equal under the law. Delegate Morales holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law, where she represented the school as a member of the International Law Moot Court Team. She also has a Master's in Public Policy and a Bachelor's in Global Affairs and French from George Mason University.

 

     

 


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  • Teresa Saavedra
    published this page 2016-03-29 10:02:47 -0400