Born and raised in the desert of Southern California, Jacqueline graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Anthropology in 2014. She comes to Georgetown after her most recent role as a courtroom liaison for an alternative to incarceration program run by the Center for Court Innovation (CCI) at the county criminal courts in Brooklyn, New York. In that work she represented the program in the courtroom, both on the record and in informal conversations with court parties. She additionally offered support to participants of the program after they received court mandates.
Jacqueline also served as a Case Manager to survivors of violence and domestic abuse in the victim services program at CCI’s Red Hook Community Justice Center. There, she gained insight and tools from the social work profession which she hopes to bring into her legal career. Prior to her work at CCI, Jacqueline was a paralegal in the Legal Aid Society’s Immigration Unit. For three years she worked for NYIFUP, the universal representation project serving detained immigrants facing removal proceedings in New York City. This role profoundly shaped her awareness of the tension between systemic change and reducing the immediate harm legal systems cause to individuals.
Jacqueline plans to pursue a career in direct legal services, animated by the impactful client relationships she formed in her previous work. Her larger goal is to play some part in dismantling carceral systems in the United States. She looks forward to expanding her knowledge and understanding of various legal systems and their impacts on marginalized populations. She hopes to experience personal and professional growth as part of the Georgetown Law Center and greater D.C. community.