Laura Belous was born and raised in the Phoenix area. She graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in history and received her Master’s degree in Mexican American studies and law degree from the University of Arizona College of Law. In 2010, she received an Equal Justice Works fellowship to join the Florence Project and represent clients with serious mental illnesses in Eloy, Florence, and Phoenix. She has worked with the Pima County Office of Children’s Counsel representing children in the custody of the Arizona Department of Children’s Services. In 2013, she returned to the Florence Project and mentored pro bono attorneys representing unaccompanied children and then worked as the Tucson Children’s Team managing attorney from 2014-2018. There, she practiced before USCIS, EOIR, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She has worked as an adjunct instructor at the James E. Rogers College of Law where she taught legal writing classes to first-year law students. Laura enjoys monsoons, lazy weekend mornings, and spending time with her family. She became FIRRP’s advocacy attorney in December 2018.