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Adriana Ballines obtained her J.D. from Loyola Chicago School of Law in 2014, where she obtained a certificate in public interest.  At Loyola, she was an articles editor and staff writer for Loyola’s Public Interest Law Reporter, where she wrote about the problematic privatization of immigration detention facilities. She also served as a student attorney with Loyola’s Civitas ChildLaw Clinic, where she represented two unaccompanied children who had fled dangerous conditions in their home countries.  During law school, Adriana also interned with Chicago’s Legal Assistance Foundation, representing domestic violence victims and farm-workers; the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York City, providing legal support in federal civil rights lawsuits; and with Loyola’s Health Justice Project, representing low income individuals with health-related legal issues. Before starting at CALA, Adriana represented unaccompanied children in removal proceedings as an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Justice Fellow.  She also represented asylum seekers in immigration detention as a Public Interest Legal Fellow with the National Immigrant Justice Center. Adriana is a native Spanish speaker and a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.