Raquel has been with the Project since 2011. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and received her Juris Doctorate from California Western School of Law. Before joining the Project, Raquel worked with private criminal defense and civil plaintiffs firms in Southern California. In her dual roles at the Project, Raquel is responsible for supervising pro bono law firms, lawyers, experts, and investigators who assist the Project in successfully investigating and litigating cases. Raquel has played an integral role in the exoneration of many wrongfully convicted clients and has assisted in helping those clients receive compensation after their exoneration. Raquel is the Project’s post-conviction arson expert and has lectured to lawyers, students, and investigators on the developments and issues within the fire investigation community. Raquel’s work relating to arson cases is documented in Pulitzer Prize-winner Ed Humes’s recent book Burned.