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
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Infographic: How Prison Reform Works in the FIRST STEP ActCenter for American ProgressDecember 18, 2018
Mistaken IdentityCenter for American ProgressSeptember 13, 2018
The Need for Sentencing Reform for Women and MothersCenter for American ProgressJune 29, 2018
Ending the War on DrugsCenter for American ProgressJune 27, 2018
The Federal Judiciary Needs More Latino JudgesThe HillMay 24, 2018
Rethinking Federal Marijuana PolicyCenter for American ProgressMay 1, 2018