Michelle Villegas is a Staff Attorney with the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP). Prior to joining ASAP, Michelle clerked with the Julia M Toro Immigration Law Firm and worked as a paralegal with Ayuda, a nonprofit serving Washington, D.C./Maryland area survivors of crime with immigration and family legal services.
Michelle earned her JD from American University’s Washington College of Law, where she participated in the Immigrant Justice Clinic, traveled to the U.S-Mexico border to volunteer with ProBAR’s representation of asylum seekers in detention, served in several organizations to promote access to justice and equity for marginalized communities, and taught as a fellow with the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Program at Dunbar High School in Washington, D.C. As a graduating law student, Michelle received the Peter M. Cicchino Public Service Award for Outstanding Advocacy and was selected as a fellow for the Gallogly Foundation Public Interest Law Fellowship.
Michelle received bachelors degrees in Chicana/o Studies and Psychology at the University of California, Davis. While at UC Davis, she engaged with the community as a student organizer in support of educational access and equity issues. Prior to law school, Michelle worked in rural Northern California, spearheading DACA assistance efforts at a small nonprofit and coordinating programs for undocumented and first generation high school students.
Michelle was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, and is the proud daughter of Salvadoran immigrants. She is fluent in both English and Spanish.