Maria Isabel (Marisa) Leon-Gomez

Program Assistant, Immigration & Refugee Program


Maria Isabel (Marisa) Leon-Gomez

Maria Isabel (Marisa) Leon-Gomez is the program assistant for the immigration and refugee program. She works towards a more humane and dignified immigration and refugee system that is equitable, compassionate, inclusive, and flexible.

She has previously worked with the Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America (CRLN) on issues regarding U.S. foreign policy to Latin America, human rights, immigration and social justice. Marisa also has experience working with the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in Cape Town, South Africa, The Trust for the Americas, an organization affiliated to the Organization of America States (OAS) in Washington, D.C, and the Auschwitz Institute in New York.

Marisa holds a Master’s degree in global affairs with a concentration in international peace studies from the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame. She earned her bachelor’s degree in global affairs, international development and French at Salve Regina University.

Articles by Maria Isabel (Marisa) Leon-Gomez

Update The U.S. Must Welcome More Refugees 

The current administration has cut refugee admissions by more than 80%, from the historic norm of 95,000 to just 18,000 admissions in FY 2020. This is the lowest level in the last three decades. Our nation can and must safely resettle more refugees and reunite more refugee families.