Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Staff Attorney - Immigration Project

Ruch, Esq.
Martha Ruch is a Staff Attorney in the Immigration Project at Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA. She joined Advancing Justice-LA in September 2015 as an Equal Justice Works-Emerson Fellow to establish school-based immigration services for young people and their families in South Central Los Angeles. As a fellow, Martha organized and ran legal clinics and information sessions to help non-citizens learn about immigration law and law enforcement, and to give free community immigration cLinics. Since late 2017 she transitioned to the role of staff attorney and provides removal defense services throughout Los Angeles County and at immigration detention centers. 
Prior to joining Advancing Justice-LA, Martha was a legal intern at the East Bay Community Law Center in their Neighborhood Justice Clinic and immigration clinic. She was also a legal fellow at the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies in San Francisco. She was also a clinical student at Berkeley Law's International Human Rights Law Clinic, where she worked on projects that promoted LGBT civil rights in El Salvador, and provided immigration legal services for the undocumented student program at UC Berkeley. Martha received her J.D. from UC Berkeley Law School and her B.A. in International Development Studies and Spanish language and literature from UC Berkeley. She is fluent in Spanish and speaks Portuguese.
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