Portrait of a Generous Supporter: MaryRose

Safe Passage, November 23, 2015


Each week we try to profile one of the outstanding attorneys or volunteers who make Safe Passage Project work.  This week, we offer a special post to celebrate the life of one of our warmest supporters, MaryRose Mercieca. Sadly, MaryRose died on November 16.  She worked for New York Law School for fifteen years and most recently served as a receptionist at the school’s main entrance on West Broadway.  Frequently, MaryRose was the first welcoming smile our immigrant youth clients and pro bono volunteers experienced when they came to meet with us. Time and again, young people told us that the warm, smiling woman at the front desk made them feel comfortable as they waited to meet with their volunteer legal team.  She would regularly offer words of encouragement to the staff and students helping our Project and she would treat everyone like a friend.  An immigrant herself, MaryRose was unfailingly welcoming.She grew so curious about our work that she audited the evening division immigration law course taught by Professor Benson and told Professor Benson that she wanted to do what she could to help the children seeking protection in the United States.

MaryRose, you set an example of kindness and warmth for all of us to follow.

We shall miss you,

Safe Passage Project Team