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Law Graduate Fellow

Hometown: Hemet, CA

School: Columbia University

Degree: Juris Doctor

Placement: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights

Romie Barriere is a Puerto Rican and Cuban American from Hemet, California. She received her Juris Doctor degree from Columbia University Law School.During her time in Law School, she had the opportunity to write for the Human Rights Law Review and assisted the journal with updating their Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual. She also spent a summer with the Litigation department of the New York State Attorney General’s office. Her legal advocacy has focused primarily on marginalized communities and communities of color including HIV/AIDS advocacy and Special Education.

Advocacy was also the focus of her undergraduate career at the University of California, Santa Barbara where she was an Education Opportunity Program Peer Advisor and worked to increase retention rates amongst students of color. Her time at UCSB provided the opportunity to participate in the UCDC internship program in Washington, DC where she was able to intern in the office of then, Congresswoman Hilda L. Solis. As the CHCI Graduate Law Fellow, Romie will continue to develop her skills while working at the highest and most demanding levels of the Federal Government, in order to better serve the Latino community.