Casey Arellano is a staff attorney at the ACLU of Arizona and a proud Arizona native. Previously, she was a public defender, protecting the rights of indigent clients charged with serious felonies. As a public defender, she advocated for those who are mentally ill, incarcerated with excessive bail, and treated unfairly due to their background, race, or socioeconomic status. Prior to that, while at a non-profit law firm, Casey represented immigrant youth who were separated from their families, DACA students, and asylees who were victims of human trafficking and gender based violence. Casey is passionate about equal education and for the past fifteen years has worked with students across Arizona to help further their educational accomplishments and goals. She received her B.A. summa cum laude with honors from the University of Arizona and her J.D. from the George Washington University Law School.