WHO WE ARE
United Voices Foundation is a community-driven organization. Our mission is to provide education, programs, and legal resources to underserved communities.
We strive to utilize our professional and personal experience to provide innovative, competent, and compassionate services for each of our clients.
Our goal is to provide our clients with the education and resources needed to understand their cases every step of the way. By doing so, our clients have realistic expectations and have the knowledge required to make informed decisions.
Carolina Arias Cediel, Executive Director
Carolina has a decade of experience in the fields of Immigration, Business Law, and International Human Rights. She began her legal training as a receptionist at a boutique immigration law firm while completing her Bachelor of Science at Kennesaw State University.
She assisted attorneys with family-based petitions, waivers of inadmissibility, removal defense, nonimmigrant visas, VAWA petitions for victims of spousal abuse, asylum, applications for permanent residency, and naturalization. Since then, she has worked in private law firms like Morgan & Morgan and law firms abroad like Organización Benjamin Herrera.
Carolina decided to pursue a career in law to use her personal and professional experience to represent and educate underserved communities. Carolina graduated from Atlanta's John Marshall Law School, where she was the recipient of the John E. Ryan Merit Scholarship and recognized on the Dean's list. She founded United Voices Foundation during her first year in law school to build an organization dedicated to serving, educating, and representing underserved communities. Carolina has received the Clinical Legal Education Award and Islamic Circle of North America Community Service Award for her work with United Voices Foundation.
In her spare time, Carolina volunteers with the Southern Poverty Law Center and Atlanta Volunteers Lawyer's Foundation to provide legal representation to individuals unable to afford an attorney.
Corey Martin, Esq.
Corey is the Supervising Attorney at United Voices Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing legal representation, education, & outreach programs to underserved communities. Corey is an eight (8) year military veteran and is the Supervising Attorney of AJMLS’, Veterans Legal Clinic located at Fort McPherson, Georgia. The Legal Clinic represents veterans free of charge in misdemeanor criminal cases throughout the State of Georgia. He is an active member of the AJMLS Alumni Board and frequently volunteers to help students in elementary, middle school, high school, and college students prepare for the legal field.
Corey is a Senior Adviser for Martin Financial Solutions and Counsel for J&A Sports Management. He graduated with Honors in 2009 from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School and received his undergraduate Math Degree from Excelsior College. While in law school Corey externed with the IRS, Douglas County Solicitor General’s Office, and the Department of Homeland Security- Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Corey is a 2020 Daily Report Distinguished Leaders Award Honoree and the recipient of the 2020 State Bar of Georgia, William B. Spann Jr. Award. He is also a Douglas County Partner in Education, a Douglas County Juvenile Court Administrative Council Member.
Georgia Supreme Court
Georgia Court of Appeals
Georgia Superior Court
U.S. District Court – Northern District of Georgia
U.S. Tax Court
State Bar of Georgia
United Voices Foundation, Inc.
Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (GABWA)
Gate City Bar Association
Martin Financial Solutions, LLC
Rico Jones, Esq
Rico joined the United Voices Foundation board in 2021
to increase his engagement in the community in Atlanta.
He obtained his undergraduate degree in Political Science at Fort Valley State University and his Juris Doctor from Atlanta's John Marshall Law School. Prior to law school, Rico worked
as a claim adjuster and counselor.
Rico wants to make a difference in the community by utilizing his law degree and skillset to represent those who are unable to afford legal services.
Mario Pereira, J.D.
Mario was born in Colombia and came to the United States when he was two years old. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Criminology at Barry University.
Mario decided to pursue the study of law because of
the many injustices he has seen towards immigrant communities. Mario interned with the City of Atlanta Public Defender’s office and has worked for several immigration law firms in Georgia.
Mario's heart is of service, with the goal of assisting underserved families and those individuals who need the most help.
Christopher Ward, Esq.
Christopher Ward is an advocate for social justice, equality, and equity. He believes people were equal before the law established by the constitution. Regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, age, language, culture, disability, family configuration, etc., everyone has legal rights justified upon common law and statutes.
Chris is an advocate of diversity and multicultural education to develop respectful communities with people from diverse personal and cultural backgrounds. Prior to attending college, Chris lived in Uruguay with his family. Chris's life experiences have taught him the importance of examining one’s own values, beliefs, attitudes, and norms to interact with people using a culturally sensitive lens.
We challenge diversity and multicultural issues to make meaningful changes within society by supporting and committing efforts for social justice, equality, and equity
Melissa Tello, Bilingual Legal Assistant
Melissa Tello is a recent Advanced Honors Graduate from Georgia State University. She graduated with her Political Science degree in 2021. During her time in college, she devoted her time to finding any immigration-related internships, including working with Senator Jon Ossoff.
After college, she has strived to learn more and educate herself before she attends law school. Melissa has worked as a legal assistant in the private and nonprofit sectors. Melissa was raised by her loving Mexican immigrant parents who have given her the fortune to strive to make a change in people's lives.
During her spare time, Melissa enjoys spending her time with family and doing anything to keep her health and mind healthy. Overall, Melissa is grateful to be a part of the United Voices Team and help make a difference.
Liz Dyvig, Accountant
Liz is the accountant at United Voices Foundation. Prior to joining the public sector, she worked as a corporate bookkeeper for fifteen years. She is passionate about non-profits and community work.
Liz has served in Mexico to plant churches in the Puebla-Tlaxcala metropolitan area to provide aid to victims of human trafficking.