Michigan Department of Civil Rights appoints Mariza Gamez-García
as community relations specialist
LANSING, MI, Sept 5 2018:
The Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) has announced the
appointment of Mariza Gamez-Garcia as a community
Gamez-Garcia comes to the department with a plethora of
experience on various matters related to migrant and seasonal
farmworkers, child labor, wage theft, and other related issues.
As an attorney, her private practice work included immigration
issues as well as criminal and civil work. She spent over 12
years working with Migrant Legal Aid of Grand Rapids. In
that position she assisted in developing programming to address
wage theft, labor trafficking, Limited English Proficiency (LEP)
and access to the court system.
She holds a Juris Doctorate from Western Michigan University
Cooley Law School, and an undergraduate degree in Criminal
Justice from University of Central Florida as well as a member
of the State Bar of Michigan.
She will be working from the Department’s Lansing office
covering the state of Michigan in engaging communities and in
addressing matters related to migrant and seasonal farmworkers,
the undocumented and refugee populations as well as tackling
hate/bias issues directed at the Hispanic/Latino population.
“Mariza Gamez-Garcia is an exciting addition to the Department
and our ongoing work affecting the civil rights of
Hispanics/Latinos in Michigan,” said Dr. Agustin V. Arbulu,
director of MDCR. “She brings the legal know how and community
involvement we need to step up our work primarily in
Hispanic/Latino communities in Michigan, whether in rural or
urban settings, who are feeling threatened and have nowhere to
turn or how to respond.”