Christine is a first-generation Ethiopian-American born in Inglewood, California. She attended Cornell University and with Distinction with a B.A. in Government.
During her time at Cornell, she created two different foundations. One foundation fundraised money to build wells and schools in Ethiopia in order to increase the girls’ access to education. The other foundation helped advise immigrants on legal matters, including obtaining legal status, finding homes, navigating banking contracts, and other matters where immigrants are often neglected or targeted. From this, she learned the importance of advocacy work both abroad and in the United States.
In her senior year, while Christine maintained her dedication to international humanitarian work, she focused on the plights of American minorities. During this time, she learned of the case of Vincent Simmons, a man who was racially profiled and then sentenced to spend nearly 50 years in prison. Her passion for public interest led her to start a widespread campaign to free him. Eventually, Loyola Marymount’s Project for the Innocent and Innocence Project New Orleans agreed to work on the case to secure Vincent Simmons’ freedom. This process taught her a great deal about the difficulty of maneuvering the American justice system, and how crucially important it is to the very idea of justice that every person has access to proper legal representation.
After graduation, Christine continued her work in Ethiopia, working to supply clean drinking water to villages in Ethiopia, and working to ease the burden on America’s immigrant population. Her primary goal is to make meaningful strides towards a more just and fair world. She is very excited and honored to be continuing her education by pursuing law at Georgetown. She hopes to continue to advocate for disadvantaged groups, both in the United States and abroad.