Mich P. Gonzalez joined the Immigrant Rights Program in Newark in February 2015 to provide legal services to immigrants in detention facing deportation. Ms. Gonzalez is working with AFSC’s new public defender model project for indigent immigrants, Friends' Representation Initiative of New Jersey (FRINJ). FRINJ is the first program of its kind in New Jersey and only the second in the country. Since March 2015, the initiative has helped over 370 immigrants in their deportation defense.
Ms. Gonzalez obtained her JD from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and is a licensed attorney in New York. Prior to joining AFSC, Ms. Gonzalez worked with Immigration Equality representing LGBT immigrants seeking asylum. She has testified before the New York City Council Committee on Immigration regarding the use of solitary confinement in detention.