Marin Independent Journal
By Colleen Bidwill
Lucia Martel-Dow’s recent accolade couldn’t have come at a better time.
While reading a scathing letter someone had sent her, attacking her work with immigrants in Marin County, she got a call from Assemblymember Marc Levine’s office telling her she’d been named North Bay’s Woman of the Year.
Martel-Dow, the director of immigration legal services at San Rafael-based Canal Alliance, couldn’t help but burst into tears. The past two years, she’s fought for immigrants’ rights, from helping families attain legal status to protecting people from deportation to educating the community about the rights of immigrants.