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Michelle Zarate was born in Costa Rica and immigrated to the US with her family when she was only one year old. She received an Associates Degree in Applied Sciences: Paralegal Studies from the Community College of Philadelphia in 2014. Judith Bernstein-Baker taught her immigration course there, introduced Michelle to HIAS Pennsylvania. She began working at HIAS PA in May 2014 as the Administrative Assistant. During her time as an Administrative Assistant she provided paralegal support to attorneys and accredited representatives. In October 2016 she became the new Interpersonal Violence Legal Assistant.