Legal Assistant at Silhol Law, Dallas, Texas
“I am a volunteer and community organizer of over 10 years, advocating for immigrant rights in Dallas. My time with the the North Texas Dream Team since 2012 has played a role in the organization’s work for over 10,000 DACA recipients in Dallas and throughout Texas. Through this work, I have empowered other Dreamers like me with the application and renewal process for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, status, and served as the organization’s Press and Information Officer for two years. My advocacy for immigrants’ rights and dignity led me to the halls of Congress, the streets of Dallas, and features in several media outlets, including the Dallas Morning News, NPR, and Telemundo 39 Dallas.
The internship opportunities through the Austin College Center for Southwestern & Mexican Studies helped me expand my network in Dallas and facilitated my connection with mentors and friends in the area. Additionally, the anthropology, sociology, history, political science, and gender studies coursework and professors from whom I was fortunate to learn helped me develop my understanding and appreciation of the intersectionality of the communities which I have served, and will continue to serve, as a community organizer, law student, and soon-to-be attorney.”