Maria E. Andrade is an activist with a law degree. In 2019, she accomplished the transition of her private firm, Andrade Legal, to Idaho’s only statewide non-profit providing free and low cost deportation defense, Immigrant Justice Idaho. The new non-profit also trains lawyers, and educations vulnerable communities and allies about immigration law and policy. Now the IJI Executive Director, Ms. Andrade and the IJI staff builds upon Andrade Legal’s work assisting asylum seekers at the southern border, creating emergency plans for families caught in immigration raids, engaging in DACA advocacy and educating policy makers around immigration issues. Ms. Andrade began her career representing farmworkers in Eastern Oregon with Oregon Legal Aid, and represented national organizations such as National Council of Law Raza, in impact litigation with Public Advocates in San Francisco. Ms. Andrade has a number of reported cases at all levels of the federal courts and administrative agencies and lectures across the country on a variety of immigration law subjects. Ms. Andrade has held leadership posts at the Immigration Section of the Federal Bar Association, the American Immigration Lawyer Association and the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild and has frequently served as faculty at the AILA litigation institute. She obtained her J.D. from the University of Notre Dame and from Loyola Marymount University.