Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Equal Justice Works Emerson Fellow

Ruch, Esq.
Martha Ruch is an Equal Justice Works / Emerson Fellow and staff attorney in the immigration unit at Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles. 
Martha is a graduate of Berkeley Law School. She joined Advancing Justice-Los Angeles in 2015 to establish school-based immigration services for young people and their families in South Central Los Angeles. Martha organizes and runs information sessions where she helps non-citizens learn about immigration law and law enforcement, and about immigration programs and educational opportunities available to non-citizens in the U.S. She also coordinates immigration screening workshops to give free immigration consultations to communities across Los Angeles county.
During law school, Martha was a legal intern at the East Bay Community Law Center's Neighborhood Justice Clinic and at the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies. She was 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. She was also a clinical student in the East Bay Community Law Center's Immigration Law Clinic. Martha co-chaired the Boalt Hall Committee for Human Rights and the Berkeley Law Mindfulness Group, and served as the Managing Editor of the Berkeley Journal of International Law. She is fluent in Spanish and speaks Portuguese.
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Our mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society.