PictureCanal Alliance Director of Immigration Legal Services Lucia Martel-Down. Courtesy image.

While there have been no shortage of hot button topics during the past few years, few have struck a nerve more than immigration. From the would-be wall to family detention and separation and the ever-changing immigration landscape, Lucia Martel-Dow, the director of immigration legal services for the Canal Alliance in San Rafael, is in the thick of all of it.

Martel-Dow, who lives in San Rafael and was honored as the North Bay Woman of the Year earlier this year, speaks at a free “On Immigration in America and Marin” event at the Community Church of Mill Valley on Sunday, October 7, (4-5:30pm).

Born and raised in Venezuela, the bilingual Martel-Dow was a member of the Venezuelan Foreign Service before moving to Madrid, Spain, where she worked on human rights and immigration policy issues in an international organization serving Spain, Portugal and Latin America. She moved to San Francisco in 2007, garnering her masters in law from University of California, Hastings College of the Law and a Master of Laws in International Law and International Relations from the Complutense University, Madrid.

Martel-Dow joined the Canal Alliance in 2015, leading the organization’s effort to help residents navigate immigration system. 
Come and be part of a lively discussion of issues important to our community, nation, and world.

The 411: Lucia Martel-Dow of the Canal Alliance in San Rafael discusses immigration at the Community Church of Mill Valley (8 Olive Street) on Sunday, October 7, (4-5:30pm). Free. Donations welcome. MORE INFO.

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