Mary Ann Romero was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. Mary Ann’s experiences growing up in the border town of El Paso, Texas, neighboring Cd. Juarez, Mexico, helps her understand and empathize with the struggles faced by immigrants in the United States. Her earliest memories helping immigrants comes from within her own family. Mary Ann helped interpret, translate and fill out documents for Spanish-speaking relatives trying to navigate for services in the United States. She helped her family get services at schools, banks, hospitals and several government agencies by explaining what information and documents were needed to secure benefits. Everyday tasks taken for granted by a majority of citizens in the United States is complicated for persons lacking knowledge of their rights. Mary Ann helped her family and other persons in need push the system responsible for granting benefits to persons despite of race, ethnicity or social class. While in law school Mary Ann represented immigrant clients at the law school’s clinic. Her experiences in law school reminded Mary Ann that her childhood dream to become a lawyer came from her desire to protect the rights of others. After a few months of handling immigration cases at school, Mary Ann knew she would be an immigration attorney because she felt right at home helping individuals that were like her and her family.
Mary Ann Romero