Michael Santos, Registered Legal Services Attorney, Bay Area Legal Aid
Mr. Santos works in Bay Area Legal Aid’s Youth Justice Unit where he provides wraparound legal services to dependency and delinquency-involved youth experiencing homelessness in the Bay Area. The Youth Justice Unit coordinates and collaborates with delinquency and dependency attorneys and homeless youth shelters and service providers in the Bay Area to remove the numerous barriers youth in homeless situations face in accessing foster care and extended foster care, education, employment, health care, housing, nutrition assistance and other public benefits. Prior to joining Bay Area Legal Aid, Mr. Santos provided assistance to states and communities in their efforts to prevent and end homelessness. As a former attorney at the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty in Washington, D.C., his work focused on advocating for homeless children and youth through public education, impact litigation, and policy advocacy. Mr. Santos has had a long history of working on the rights of low-income and underrepresented communities through the Department of Health and Human Services and various non-profit organizations. He was a fellow at the Clinton Foundation where he worked on managing a national program to decrease the upward trend of childhood obesity in the United States. Michael graduated from Brown University with a double concentration in Biomedical Engineering and Ethnic Studies. He received his JD from University of Southern California Gould School of Law.