Alyssa Martinez joined as a fellow in September 2021, having recently graduated from Stanford Law School. During her two-year fellowship, Alyssa will work on a variety of civil rights-related litigation, aimed at tearing down barriers for historically oppressed groups and dismantling interlocking systems of oppression.
During law school, Alyssa held a variety of positions focused on advancing social justice, including internships focused on addressing human rights violations abroad. She served as a legal researcher for the Clooney Foundation for Justice and the U.S. Department of State in the Legal Advisor’s Office of the U.S. Mission to the U.N., a legal intern with the Center for Justice and International Law, drafting and submitting reports to the Inter-American Court and Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
Alyssa was the lead article editor for the Stanford Journal of International Law and served as a Public Interest Fellow. She also was a member of Stanford’s International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic and served as senior case manager and intake program coordinator for the International Refugee Assistance Program, where she advocated for Syrian and Iraqi refugees. During this time, she made frequent trips to the U.S.-Mexico border to conduct know-your-rights trainings and intake interviews to advise migrants on crossing and their asylum credible fear interviews. She also conducted research for Professor Lucas Guttentag on the immigration policies of the Trump administration and different mechanisms to reverse those policies.
Alyssa is fluent in Spanish and has limited knowledge of French (reading and writing). She enjoys playing soccer, gymnastics, competing in taekwondo, traveling, snowboarding, composing music on a variety of instruments, and learning to cook.