Jennifer spent the first years of her life in Texas before moving to Albuquerque, New Mexico. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of New Mexico with a B.A. in International Studies and Criminology.
Her vibrant Mexican upbringing is central to her interest in immigration and international law. Jennifer grew up hearing stories about immigration lawyers who took advantage of their clients which led her to believe all lawyers were the same. The volunteer work she did as an undergraduate student changed her mind.
Jennifer began volunteering with the International Refugee and Resource Village of Albuquerque during the first year of her undergraduate studies. Having come from a family of immigrants herself, Jennifer developed an interest in the different types of immigrant statuses offered by the government and the different stories that bring people to the United States. She then went on to volunteer with Enlace Comunitario, a nonprofit organization in Albuquerque that offers different forms of assistance (including legal) to low-income immigrants who are victims of domestic violence. At Enlace, Jennifer got the opportunity to work with attorneys who were driven by their desire to help others and saw the positive impact that their work had on the lives of clients. She then went on to volunteer at the New Mexico Immigrant Law Center (NMILC). During her time at NMILC, Jennifer got the opportunity to interview clients and fill out their asylum applications as a pro se asylum volunteer. All of these experiences drove Jennifer to Georgetown.
At Georgetown Law, Jennifer hopes to continue exploring her interest in immigration and international law. During her free time, she enjoys reading (nonlegal) books, watching soccer, and spending time with family and friends.