Melissa Campos Avelar, Attorney at Law
Melissa, recently a staff attorney with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of
Washington in 2002 with a concentration in Comparative Politics. Melissa received her Juris Doctorate from Seattle University School of Law in 2006. During law
school, she served as the president of the Hispanic Organization for
Legal Advancement and was a staff member on the Seattle Journal for
Social Justice. During this time, she also co-authored an article with national
minority voting rights expert Professor Joaquin Avila on noncitizen voting rights issues. Melissa also wrote a policy brief on
noncitizen voting rights in the Los Angeles area. Melissa was admitted to the Washington State Bar in May 2007.
Melissa worked as a staff attorney with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project in Tacoma, WA visiting detained
individuals at the Northwest Detention Center, providing
know-your-rights presentations as well as direct representation before the immigration court.
Melissa is experienced in immigration law, family law and consumer protection issues involving the prosecution of notarios and other non-attorneys practicing law without a license.