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Alicia Altamirano joined PBRC in 2021. As an immigration attorney with the Maryland Immigrant Legal Assistance Project (MILAP), she mentors other immigration attorneys and facilitates legal services for immigrants in removal proceedings at the courts in Hyattsville and Baltimore. As an immigrant herself, Alicia has dedicated her career to ensuring that others have access to reliable legal services and information.

Where did you grow up?

My time was spilt between Costa Rica and the United States, mostly in New York.

Where did you go to school and what was your major/focus? 

I attended the University of Utah for my undergrad and UDC for law school.

What are your interests/hobbies? 

I like to play poker and paint.

What is your favorite movie?

Good Will Hunting.  

How did get involved with PBRC? 

I got involved initially as a volunteering!

What were you doing prior to working here? 

I have a solo practice in Ellicott City

What do you do at PBRC?

I am an immigration attorney with the Maryland Immigrant Legal Assistance Project (MILAP).

What motivates you?

My background as an immigrant motivates me to advocate for immigrants. I can relate with their experiences; feeling afraid to talk to the police, health officials, and anyone in a position of authority is a horrible way to live, unfortunately, fear and distrust is a natural state for immigrants in this country, and I want to be a voice and pillar for them, as much as I can.

Who is your hero?

My grandmother made tortillas for a living and raised 8 children—she is my shero. My father believed in success without limits. He is my hero.

What sets PBRC apart in your mind?

The services offered to the immigrant communities are invaluable. I appreciate the information that they provide the immigrants in court. These families are so scared, nervous, and lost, and it’s nice to know that PBRC is motivated to empower them.

What message would you give to people thinking about volunteering with PBRC? 

There is not enough help, but families are depending on the information and assistance PBRC offers, and PBRC depends on its volunteers for much of its success.

If you could have a second career, what would it be?

I would be a professional soccer player or a professional cyclist.

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