Marí Perales Sánchez is Senior Policy Manager at Centro de los Derechos del Migrante’s (CDM). She was named the inaugural Elizabeth Mauldin Memorial Advocate (EMMA) for Migrant Women in 2020, a fellowship in honor of CDM’s fearless Policy Director. At CDM, Mari leads gender-focused advocacy and policy efforts and fights to ensure migrant workers’ perspectives are represented in policies that impact them directly. Since 2018, she has served as the Secretary of the Board of Directors of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, the first national alliance of farmworker-women-serving organizations, where she represents CDM and H-2A migrant worker women.
Immigrating from Guanajuato, Mexico at the age of eight years-old, Marí is a Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient and a proud first-generation immigrant. In 2017, she joined her alma mater, Princeton University, in suing the Trump Administration for the rescission of the program. In 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of the case. Marí was named as one of the 25 Women to Watch 2020 by the Baltimore Sun and nominated for Marylander of the Year by the Baltimore-based publication in 2019.