Mercedes Núñez Roldán
Community Education Manager for Released Youth
Mercedes Núñez began working with Esperanza in April of 2014 as a Community Education Manager for Released Youth. As CE Manager, she oversees the delivery of presentations for the Legal Orientation Program for Custodian of Unaccompanied Minor (LOPC), conduct legal screenings to released minors, and pro se legal workshops. Prior to joining Esperanza, Ms.Núñez worked for Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services in Washington DC as a paralegal. Ms.Núñez received her Law Degree at Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru and a Master of Laws from American University Washington College of Law. She has had the opportunity to work for various international organizations and NGO’S. Her worked at these organizations has allowed her to contribute to various advocacy and awareness raising activities in public interest law. During her legal studies, Ms.Núñez was a fellow at the Permanent Commission for Refugees at the Foreign Affairs Ministry of Peru where she was in charge of refugee status determination by interviewing applicants seeking refuge and asylum claims. Here in the U.S., at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Ms.Núñez has had the opportunity to assisted senior lawyers in effectively reviewing petitions which claimed human rights violations in OAS member states. Ms.Núñez loves to educate, advocate, and promote social justice. Mercedes is motivated to do this work because she strongly believes that knowledge is power. She knows that our immigrant community faces unique challenges related to language barriers, limited education, culture adaptation, access to information, etc. For her, it is gratifying to see how our clients can learn and be aware of the legal option the minors have available. Through her program, Ms.Núñez most values the opportunity to educate and ensure the success of the minor immigration cases, especially to act within the filing deadlines.