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Ursela Ojeda

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Ursela Ojeda is an immigration and international human rights attorney who joined the Women's Refugee Commission in December 2018. She works as a Policy Advisor in the Migrant Rights and Justice Program, where she advocates for the rights of women, children, and families seeking protection. In particular, Ursela focuses on policies governing the treatment of asylum seekers and other vulnerable migrants at the U.S borders and on regional protection issues for migrants and refugees in Mexico and Central America. 

Prior to joining the WRC, Ursela spent several years working with the detained immigrant population in the U.S. As an attorney with the Detained Children's Program of the Capital Area Immigrant’s Rights (CAIR) Coalition, she provided direct representation to detained and released unaccompanied children and gained expertise in complex gender and gang-based asylum cases, as well as other forms of humanitarian relief. Ursela also worked at the Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights where she engaged in case-based and policy advocacy to promote the best interests of unaccompanied and separated children based on domestic and international child welfare and human rights law. Ursela began her legal career as a Post-Graduate Fellow at Ayuda in Falls Church, VA. 

Ursela holds a B.S. in International Politics from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. She is a member of the bar of the Commonwealth of Virginia.