Marlene Cortés serves as Manager of CASH-Roc Your Refund Project and Language Access at Empire Justice Center. She has an extensive career of 30 years in legal services, mainly working in the housing area (landlord-tenant, fair housing, foreclosure) and community outreach. Previously, Marlene served as Senior Paralegal under the Victims of Crime program, Regional Coordinator under the AG HOPP Anchor program, as a bi-lingual Foreclosure Prevention Senior Paralegal with the Consumer Finance and Housing Unit (CFH) in Empire Justice Center’s Rochester office. She is the founder of the Monroe County Language Access Coalition, which focuses on the language access barriers in Monroe County. She participates in activities involving the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s Language Access Working Group and the Americans for Financial Reform Task Force for Language Access. She is a graduate of the Latino Leadership Program of United Way. She is currently involved in the Justice For All Initiative focusing on bridging the court system and community partners in making justice work or all. Including improving the interpreting services within the courthouse for the LEP and the Deaf/Hard of Hearing community. Marlene is a native Rochesterian and is very involved in her community with Diversity Equity and Inclusion work including addressing language access barriers.