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Mariela Sagastume

Managing Attorney

Mariela Sagastume

Prior to her hire as Managing Attorney of The Immigration Law Office of Los Angeles, P.C. Attorney Mariela Sagastume was the founder and owner of Ayuda Law Firm, LLC, a boutique immigration and family law practice in Denver, Colorado. Her practice focused on complex contested family law matters, removal/deportation defense, appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals, family based visas and humanitarian based petitions. Ms. Sagastume is highly skilled at drafting extensive legal briefs, memoranda and motions for complex cases that deal with a variety of federal and state criminal issues.

Since 2011, Ms. Sagastume has also had the privilege of teaching about complex immigration and family law issues as a guest lecturer at the University of Denver. Ms. Sagastume has been a board member on the board of directors for nonprofit organizations who advocate for social justice for immigrants and other marginalized communities. While working with these non-profit organizations, she participated as a panel member for youth empowerment conferences and was a leader in successfully organizing dual language immigration seminars and clinics.

Ms. Sagastume is a graduate of Western Michigan University - Cooley Law School, located in Lansing, Michigan. While there, she received the Hispanic Law Society Leadership award, the Alumni Memorial Scholarship and the Benjamin and Ida Alpert Scholarship. Prior to Law School, Ms. Sagastume graduated from the University of Calgary in Canada. While at the University of Calgary, Ms. Sagastume volunteered for several nonprofit organizations working with indigent women and women in conflict with the law.

During her professional career, Ms. Sagastume has gained not only nationwide legal experience but also international experience. In 2013, she was chosen as a participant in an exclusive delegation in Guatemala through the Guatemalan Human Rights Commission. During this delegation she met with leaders who have been on the front lines of struggles to defend land and the environment, promote women’s rights, and push for justice for femicide and crimes of the past. In October, 2015, Ms. Sagastume traveled to Nepal and volunteered at Raksha Nepal. This non-governmental organization located in Kathmandu, Nepal provides shelter, legal support, trauma counseling, and educational programs for sexually exploited girls, women and their children.

Ms. Sagastume understands personally, the plight of her clients; she was born in Guatemala and her family was forced to flee their native country due to persecution suffered at the hands of the Guatemalan government. Her father was eventually successful in seeking refuge in Canada. Because of her own personal experience, Ms. Sagastume has dedicated her career to assisting other immigrants with their legal issues.

Ms. Sagastume is dedicated to continuing her track record of being a compassionate and effective advocate for immigrants, survivors of horrific crimes and individuals of different populations.

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