CIANA Intern Spotlight: Luisa Molina


Luisa Molina at Athens Square Park, Astoria. Photo: Maria Eliades

Luisa Molina, one of two legal interns at the Center for the Integration and Advancement of New Americans (CIANA), knows that the work she does for our clients is vital right now. The first generation American’s parents were born in the Dominican Republic, and after interning with Dinneen Cato, our Director of Legal Services, Molina says she has found her professional direction.

CIANA's Director of Development and Communications, Maria Eliades, chats with Molina to learn more about her impact on the clients, her family’s immigration story, and the unexpected impact on her life.

Maria Eliades: What do you like about working here?

Luisa Molina: As an office, I like how close we are. I think that we really care about each other, we’re into our lives.

When I have interviews with the clients, they give me a reality check. And a lot of the things they say, I feel really bad about and I’m just like, “Oh my god, these people really need help.”

There are just lawyers and attorneys out there that are taking advantage of these people and it’s so not fair. It’s really not. A lot of them come here and say, “Oh, I spent $2,000-$3,000 for this lawyer to do, let’s say an application that’s $700.”