Arisel Garcia

Arisel is a senior program associate for Vera’s Advancing Universal Representation (UREP) initiative, dedicated to providing publicly funded legal representation for people facing deportation. Before joining Vera in 2020, Arisel worked at Catholic Charities Community Services - N.Y., managing the implementation of monthly orientations for sponsors of unaccompanied minors in removal proceedings. During her time at Catholic Charities, she also worked for the unaccompanied minors program, advocating for children detained in the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) custody.

Arisel holds an MA in international affairs from the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at the New School. During her graduate studies, Arisel worked as a team researcher and community organizer in Pacora, Colombia, for the Milano International Field Program in partnership with the local mayor’s office to design and implement a participatory community development project for low-income housing residents. Outside of Vera, Arisel advocates for reproductive justice in NYC, including volunteering as a case manager for the New York Abortion Access Fund, and organizes to inform BIPOC communities of the dangers and impact of limited access to reproductive health care.