Brenda comes from a mixed-status family of immigrants from Oaxaca, Mexico. This experience drove her decision to study law and become an advocate for immigrants’ rights. After graduating from Stanford University, Brenda worked as a legal assistant for the Children’s Program of the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, advocating for unaccompanied minors detained in Arizona. While at Columbia Law School, Brenda was a student attorney in the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, and volunteered with Sanctuary for Families and Catholic Charities Community Services. She also interned with the Detention Action Response Team of the Florence Project and the Immigration Practice of The Bronx Defenders. As an IJC Justice Fellow, Brenda looks forward to joining Brooklyn Defender Services, where she will provide clients with a wide range of immigration legal services.