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MELISSA K. MARTINELLI, ATTORNEY AT LAW

Melissa K. Martinelli is a dedicated and passionate immigration attorney with extensive experience in immigration law and human rights. She has been practicing exclusively immigration law, including asylum law, family-based immigration, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) related cases, removal defense and citizenship, since 2009.

Prior to opening Martinelli Immigration Law, PC in Cambridge, Massachusetts, she succesfully ran the Law Office of Melissa K. Martinelli, Inc. in San Francisco, California from 2012 until 2015, representing more than 200 clients in their immigration matters.

While attending law school at Suffolk University Law School from 2006 until 2009, Ms. Martinelli interned with the Political Asylum / Immigration Representation (“PAIR”) Project as well as Ross Silverman, LLP, in Boston, Massachusetts. She also participated in the law school's Immigration Clinic where she represented low-income clients before the Immigration Court in Boston, Massachusetts.

Throughout her career, Ms. Martinelli has been committed to working with various organizations that focus on human and immigrants' rights including: Legal Services for ChildrenCentro Legal de la RazaLawyers Committee for Civil Rights, and Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto, Harvard University Committee on Human Rights Studies, the Center for Human Rights and Collective Memory in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil, and ONG Raices, a shelter for victims of sex trafficking, in Santiago, Chile. She currently volunteers with MIRAProject Citizenship, the PAIR Project and the Mayor's Office of New Bostonians offering her legal expertise to help immigrants and asylum seekers in the Boston area. 

Ms. Martinelli is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, and received her certificate in Legal Spanish from the University of London, Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2009. She is a member of American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the Massachusetts bar, and serves on the Advisory Board for Suffolk University Law School's Clinical Programs. She is also a 2015 Michael Maggio Pro Bono Honoree for being an "AILA Artesia Bulldog" after volunteering in Artesia, New Mexico representing detained women and children asylum seekers.