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SOAR Immigration Legal Services
J. Mercedes Riggs is the Asylum Program Managing Attorney for SOAR Immigration Legal Services, a program of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon. Prior to her work at SOAR, she was a sole practitioner and she was of counsel for Sound Immigration. Mercedes is a member of the board of Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Program. Mercedes is also currently a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) asylum committee. She is past co-chair of the Congressional/Advocacy Committee for the Washington AILA chapter. Ms. Riggs received her undergraduate degree in Product Design from Stanford University and her JD from Santa Clara University.