Maritza Perez is the senior policy analyst for Criminal Justice Reform at American Progress. Prior to joining American Progress, Perez was a legislative staff attorney at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) in Washington, D.C. She started her legal career at MALDEF as a Soros justice fellow, advocating for policies to end mass incarceration and the disproportionate representation of Latinos in the criminal legal system. Her portfolio at MALDEF expanded to include employment law, immigration policy, education rights, and judicial nominations.
Perez earned her J.D. at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law and her B.A. at the University of Nevada, Reno. She is originally from Elko, Nevada.
By Maritza Perez
|Marijuana Legalization Policy Must Lead with Social Justice||RealClearPolicy||June 26, 2019|
|Using Marijuana Revenue to Create Jobs||Center for American Progress||May 20, 2019|
|Infographic: How Prison Reform Works in the FIRST STEP Act||Center for American Progress||December 18, 2018|
|Mistaken Identity||Center for American Progress||September 13, 2018|
|The Need for Sentencing Reform for Women and Mothers||Center for American Progress||June 29, 2018|
|Ending the War on Drugs||Center for American Progress||June 27, 2018|
|The Federal Judiciary Needs More Latino Judges||The Hill||May 24, 2018|
|Rethinking Federal Marijuana Policy||Center for American Progress||May 1, 2018|