Graciela Mateo


Religious Immigration Services


Senior Attorney

Mateo is an Attorney in the Religious Immigration Service section. Prior to joining CLINIC, she spent two years clerking for an immigration firm in North Carolina, focusing on deportation cases and family-based visa petitions.

While attending law school in North Carolina, Mateo served as a student attorney representing clients in the Charlotte Immigration Court. Her cases primarily focused on asylum, deferred action and family-based petitions. In addition to working as a student attorney, She served as committee chair for the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Program and volunteered with the Latin American Coalition. She also took pride in serving as president of the Immigration Law Society and as a pro bono student ambassador.

Mateo holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.