Rafaela Uribe

Bertha Justice Fellow

Rafaela Uribe is a Bertha Justice Fellow at the Center for Constitutional Rights, where they work on issues of racial and gender justice, discriminatory policing, governmental abuses of power, and government surveillance.

Prior to coming to the Center of Constitutional Rights they worked at the Defender Association of Philadelphia in the Child Advocacy Unit. There they represented Philadelphia youth in family court cases where there were allegations of child abuse and/or neglect. Before attending law school, she worked as a Civil Legal Advocate at the Bronx Defenders. As a civil advocate, she represented low income Bronxites in administrative hearings connected as collateral consequences to contact with the criminal justice system, immigration system, or family law apparatus.

Rafaela was born and raised in the Bronx in NYCHA housing by a single mother from the Dominican Republic and credits her upbringing as her inspiration for pursuing a legal education. She was a first-generation college student at Bowdoin College where she earned her B.A. in Government and Legal Studies with a concentration in Comparative Politics. She is a 2019 graduate of Temple University’s James E. Beasley School of Law, where she was a Conwell Merit Scholar, a Rubin Public Interest Honor Society Fellow, and awarded the Lena L. Hale Award for her commitment to public interest work. She was also an Ella Baker intern at the Center for Constitutional Rights.