Patricia Ortiz is the program director for the Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project. She joined the Esperanza team in August 2013 and was a Managing Attorney for its Representation Program before becoming its new leader. During her time at Esperanza, Patricia has specialized in representation for detained adults with mental illness and has overseen the program’s Asylum Workgroup, which has provided services to hundreds of minors. Prior to joining Esperanza she worked as a private immigration attorney. Ms. Ortiz received her J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law and her B.A. from University of California, San Diego. During law school, she interned at the Casa Cornelia Law Center in San Diego, and at the Nationalities Service Center located in Philadelphia. Ms. Ortiz is a long- time resident of Southern California with strong ties to the immigrant community.