M. Lucero Ortiz is the Director of Legal Services for CARECEN-DC. Previously, she managed her own legal practice focused on immigration and family law. She also served in various capacities at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA), and Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF). Lucero has received several awards and recognitions including DOL Secretary's Exceptional Achievement Award, HBA-DC's Rising Star Award, the Premio Inspiración from American University Washington College of Law, among others. Lucero is a graduate of American University Washington College of Law and the University of California, Los Angeles.