As an immigrant myself, I love working with people and having a meaningful impact in the community.
I followed in my mother’s footsteps to become a lawyer. I earned a bachelor’s degree in law at Icesi University in Cali, Colombia, my hometown. I became passionate about the law when I realized just how much you can help people and change their lives.
I passed the bar exam in Colombia and after working a short time as a law clerk in the Family Court of Appeals in Cali, I took a job as an attorney for the Secretary of the Interior at Montelibano City Hall in Colombia. That job change made me realize how much I enjoy direct contact with people, rather than reviewing documents, which is how I spent most of my time at the Court of Appeals.
I rose to become head of the legal department for Montelibano City Hall in early 2016 as Venezuela’s economic and humanitarian crisis was escalating. Some of my department’s responsibilities involved assisting Venezuelan refugees—my first experience with immigration policy and law.
I moved to the Bay Area on a student visa to attend University of California Hastings College of Law, where I earned my law degree in 2018. As an immigrant, I understand how difficult it is to leave your country, no matter the circumstances, and how challenging it is to move to a new home, particularly when you have no family or friends to accompany you. But I also know that when you get out of your comfort zone, you can achieve your biggest successes.
As a law clerk at the firm I focus on helping with our family immigration cases.
El español es mi lengua materna. Je parle français couramment.
When I’m not working, I enjoy dancing from hip-hop to Salsa. I’m very spiritual, and I love to meditate and do yoga. I also love to travel, visit my family, and read mysteries.
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