Denise began her studies at St. John’s University School of Law at a time when advocates were struggling provide access to justice to Central American unaccompanied minor children and adults with children fleeing violence in their home countries. As an intern at Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services and at the Safe Center in Long Island, Denise volunteered to work with unaccompanied minors and women who had suffered domestic abuse. at. Denise was also a student attorney with the St. John’s Immigrant and Refugee Rights Litigation Clinic where she worked on family court petitions and asylum applications on behalf of unaccompanied minors fleeing from domestic and gang violence. Denise has also traveled to Texas to assist women and children immigrants, detained at Karnes County Detention Center. Denise works at the Safe Passage Project representing unaccompanied minor children fleeing violence in their home countries and facing deportation.