Silvana Arista, Project Attorney, National Pro Bono Project for Children
Silvana Arista joined the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. as a Project Attorney in March, 2011.
She previously worked at Morrison Child and Family Services in Portland, Oregon, where she managed the cases of detained unaccompanied children and assisted them with family reunification.
free time she
volunteered at Catholic Charities
helped immigrant victims of domestic violence and sexual assault with VAWA and U visa cases.
In 2002, Ms. Arista earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies at the University of Oregon.
spent a year living and traveling in Costa Rica and Panama.
There, she worked as a reporter focusing on Central American politics for the journal Mesoamerica.
While in San Jose she
taught English to business executives and volunteered at a women's shelter.
After that experience, Ms. Arista
returned to Oregon where she
attended Lewis and Clark Law School
While there, she
was awarded a public interest law project grant to work at the Office of the Public Defender
in Alexandria, Virginia.
is originally from Lima, Peru, and speaks Spanish fluently.