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Araceli Martínez-Olguín is a Staff Attorney in the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project (IRP). Prior to joining IRP, Araceli was a Staff Attorney in the National Origin, Immigration, and Language Rights Program of the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, where she worked to vindicate and expand the workplace rights of recent immigrants to the United States, particularly those who faced exploitation on account of their immigrant status. Araceli previously served as a Fellow and then as a Staff Attorney in the ACLU Women’s Rights Project, and as a law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge David Briones. Araceli received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley’s Law School (Boalt Hall) in 2004 and earned her undergraduate degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Araceli has also served as a lecturer at Berkeley Law (Spring 2012 & 2013: Spanish for Lawyers), and is the 2010 recipient of the Hon. Thelton E. Henderson Social Justice Prize (which is awarded by Berkeley Law). Before law school, Araceli taught bilingual kindergarten through Teach for America in Oakland, California.

Preventing Abuse, Exploitation and Trafficking: Arming Workers with Information

By Araceli Martinez-Olguin, Women's Rights Project at 4:15pm
The State Department has published a pamphlet that will inform vulnerable workers who come to the United States on temporary visas, including domestic workers and guest workers, of their legal rights and the resources available to them.

Chipping Away at Diplomatic Immunity as a Defense Against Trafficking Claims

By Araceli Martinez-Olguin, Women's Rights Project at 6:01pm

For years advocates have been trying to vindicate the rights of domestic workers who have been enslaved by foreign diplomats in the U.S. Virtually every time a domestic worker has brought charges of abuse and exploitation against her diplomat employer,…

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