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Ypsilanti, Michigan, United States
December 02, 2018

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Oto Ricardo Alves da Silva 956-***-**** ● EDUCATION Earlham College Richmond, IN

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology (Departmental Honors; Dept. GPA 3.71) Graduated May 2013 PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County Ann Arbor, MI Refugee Resettlement Intern, 12hrs/week Jan.– Apr. 2017

• Accompanied and assisted clients enrolling in public services (Social Security, MI DHHS benefits, healthcare, school enrollment). Assisted caseworkers searching for homes and jobs for incoming clients.

• Conducted needs assessments of clients and developed action plans in conjunction with senior caseworkers.

• Helped clients draft resumes and prepare for job interviews. ProBAR Children’s Project Harlingen, TX

Paralegal, 37.5hrs/week Sep. 2013 – Apr. 2016

• Conducted 2+ Know Your Rights presentations and 24+ legal screenings per week in Spanish for Central American and Mexican unaccompanied migrant children detained at US Office of Refugee Resettlement shelters across South Texas.

• Assisted attorneys in researching and drafting deportation relief petitions (Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, Asylum, U- Visa, T-Visa and DACA). Also offered orientation sessions for migrant child defendants in immigration court dockets.

• Offered post-release orientations and legal referrals for migrant children’s sponsors. Advocated for the enrollment of released migrant children in schools and in medical services. Collectivo Vida Digna Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

Returned Youth Support Intern, 40hrs/week May – Aug. 2012

• Assisted lead Social Worker with his caseload of families of youth deported from the US, drafted home visit reports and needs assessments. Assisted youth clients in applying for scholarships and developing micro-entrepreneurial plans.

• Collaboratively organized the first Kids in Need of Defense Guatemala conference, which resulted in a country-wide coalition of NGOs serving the growing population of deported Guatemalan migrant youth. RESEARCH EXPERIENCE Dr. Jason de León, U-M Dept. of Anthropology Arivaca, AZ

• Collected and catalogued material artifacts in migrant hiking trails along the Arizona/Sonora border. June 2018

• Surveyed field sites and forensic experiments with drones, recording video and generating orthomosaic maps. Dr. Larry Gant & Dr Beth Glover Reed. U-M School of Social Work Ann Arbor, MI

• Conducted focus groups on intersectionality and identity politics among U-M students. May – Dec. 2017

• Analyzed focus group data on intersecting identities of youth clients of local human services agencies. Dr. Deborah Jackson, Earlham College Dept. of Anthropology Richmond, IN

• Conducted and analyzed 10 in-depth interviews of ADHD-diagnosed college students. Sep. 2012. – Apr. 2013

• Presented results at Butler University (Indianapolis) and the Midwest Sociological Society Meeting. SKILLS

• Portuguese – native fluency. Spanish – near-native fluency. German – intermediate.

• Trained in simultaneous and consecutive interpretation in legal and clinical settings. ADDITIONAL COURSEWORK University of Michigan School of Social Work Ann Arbor, MI

• Completed four terms of doctoral coursework in Social Work and Anthropology. GPA 3.60 Sep. 2016. – Sep. 2018 Highlighted Classes: Community Interventions; Death, Loss and Grief; School Social Work; Interpersonal Practice with Individuals, Families & Small Groups.

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