Mariposa Legal, Co-Founder and Research Fellow, Romelia Solano is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Notre Dame. Her research focuses on the consequences of mass detention on immigrant political engagement. Her work with Mariposa is dedicated to producing scholarship that elevates immigrant voices and leverages qualitative and quantitative evidence to help immigration advocates protect immigrant rights and build power in immigrant communities. Her research on Latino vote choice and mobilization in the 2016 election has appeared in the peer-reviewed journals of Race, Ethnicity and Politics and Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies. Romelia has also contributed to public commentary on detention conditions in the Midwest and the obstacles to obtaining parole for asylum-seekers.