Playing with my dog, sewing, reading, learning about world events, and watching movies/TV.
Favorite Animal: Dog! Especially Oslo.
On my MP3 Player: Amarrame- Mon Laferte & Juanes
A Website or App I Frequent: NPR and Al Jazeera
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Anthropology
University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law, Tucson, Arizona, Juris Doctorate, International Human Rights Law Certificate
Adriana Contreras currently practices immigration and family law. She is deeply committed to social justice and immigrant rights. This passion stems from her grandfather, Albert Armendariz Sr., who was one of the first Hispanics to graduate from law school and who later founded the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF). Her grandfather had a long career as a civil rights attorney and helped argue cases like Hernandez vs. the State of Texas, a landmark case that established Latinos as a distinct class entitled to protection under the 14th Amendment. Adriana is following in her grandfather’s footsteps and views the law as a tool to help those in need.
Prior to attending law school, Adriana attended college in her family’s hometown of Puebla, Mexico and spent time working with victims of sexual assault in Peru. After graduating from the University of New Mexico, Adriana worked for a women’s rights organization in India. There she helped implement a micro-finance scheme aimed at helping women in rural Rajasthan become self-sustaining. Before beginning law school Adriana also worked as an elementary and middle school teacher in El Paso and Spain.
While studying law at the University of Arizona Adriana spent a semester abroad in India researching sex-trafficking throughout the country. After graduating from law school, Adriana clerked for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. Here, she reviewed asylum and prisoner rights appeals. After clerking, Adriana went on to work for local San Francisco non-profits specializing in Civil Rights and Immigration Law before making the move to Colorado.
American Immigration Lawyers Association
Colorado Bar Association – Immigration Section
Supreme Court of Colorado – Pending