Michelle Llosa is the senior community advocate at the Miami, Florida office of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
A graduate of the University of Chicago, Ms. Llosa focused her college education on childhood development and psychology. After graduation Michelle worked on several projects with the Data Research and Development Center all with a focus on closing the achievement gap for Latino youth in Chicago. It was then that she became interested in the intersection between the law and educational access opportunities for minority youth. She pursued her law degree at Northeastern University School of Law, one of our nation’s only public interest focused law schools. Having worked in criminal defense and understanding the role of mitigation in the lives of so many who are faced with the current criminal “injustice” system, Michelle decided she wanted to fight to keep children in school and out of jail. Having seen first-hand that the greatest predictor of adult incarceration and adult criminality is being incarcerated in a juvenile facility, she knew she had to do something.
Born and raised in Miami, Michelle was eager to come back to her hometown and has joined the Miami Workers Center as a board member, dedicating herself to fighting for Florida’s most vulnerable. She is passionate about seeking justice for our most vulnerable members of society and fighting zealously to ensure the equal protection and rights of all.