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Staff Attorney, Project HEAL
Kennedy Krieger Institute

Alyssa Navarrete Thorn has worked as a full-time staff attorney with Project HEAL (Health, Education, Advocacy, and Law) at the Kennedy Krieger Institute since 2018.

At the institute, Thorn offers advocacy and legal services to children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. She also mentors about 10 undergraduate and law students annually, who participate in internships with Project HEAL.

“Every day, my work affords me the opportunity to advocate on behalf of those who need it most,” Thorn said.

Thought her career, Thorn has advocated on behalf of defendants, incarcerated individuals, individuals in mental health institutions and youth in juvenile facilities.

While working at the Maryland Office of the Public Defender she counseled more than 150 clients in post-conviction and parole revocation proceedings and helped them navigate a justice system she describes as both “complex and intimidating.”

Thorn currently serves on the conference committee for the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates and is co-chair of the Maryland Coalition to Reform School Discipline. She also volunteers with Athletes Serving Athletes (ASA), a nonprofit organization that empowers athletes with disabilities to compete in mainstream running events statewide.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and Spanish from Virginia Polytechnic and State University and a law degree from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.

Thorn currently serves as director of The Arc Baltimore, a nonprofit organization that supports individuals with developmental disabilities where she also serves on the board of directors.

“As a public interest attorney, I stand out from my peers because of my tireless commitment to public service,” she said.

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