As Special Assistant to Senator Roger Manno, Maricé Morales (pronounced ma-ree-SAY) helped win funding for transportation improvements in Montgomery County, pass progressive legislation to protect victims of employment discrimination, and prevent exploitation of all new Americans in Maryland. Maricé's advocacy helped prevent onerous cuts to Seniors programs, health care and other safety-net services, expand prevailing wage laws, and roll back toxic pesticide applications throughout the State. In all, her work has helped to make the 19th District a better place to work, live and raise a family.
Maricé chose to focus on public interest law at the University of Maryland. At the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, Maricé worked on international human rights issues including discrimination based on race and nationality, lack of access to equal justice based on class or sexual orientation, migrant employment law, and US based immigration issues. Maricé also interned at the Circuit Court level where she gained experience in civil and criminal justice at the county level.
Maricé has pushed to improve the lives of families with her service in government and non-profit organizations. At the National Science Foundation, she managed grants for Federal research. In the judiciary branch, she gained expertise in issues related to juvenile justice, international development and government finance.
As the daughter of Peruvian immigrants – her mother, a domestic worker and her father, a small business owner – Maricé learned first-hand how hard work and the right opportunities can help people achieve the American dream.
Maricé holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the School of Public Policy at George Mason University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Global Affairs and International Development. She currently works for a Maryland AFL-CIO union as a wage investigator, preventing wage discrimination and wage theft. She is fluent in English, Spanish and French.