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Posted by John Sugden on July 29, 2014

A former Latino rights attorney and lobbyist has joined Sen. Michael Bennet's (D-Colo.) staff as legislative assistant.

Lorena Marez, most recently a legislative lawyer with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, or MALDEF, will handle immigration issues for the senator.

Founded in 1968, MALDEF engages in litigation, lobbying and communications in order to protect and encourage Latino civil rights. MALDEF considers comprehensive immigration reform a top priority and recently filed a complaint in court against a Houston suburb which has banned the housing of refugees likely directed at the influx of young Central American immigrants crossing into the United States.

The Colorado senator has been heavily involved in immigration reform, cosponsoring the DREAM Act and joining seven of his Senate colleagues in the creation of a framework for comprehensive immigration reform.

Marez holds a BA from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a law degree from Northeastern.

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