Catalina’s upbringing in a Midwest Latinx household sparked her desire to advocate for those marginalized by cultural differences. At Kenyon College, she majored in Political Science and pursued her passion for cross-cultural service through an internship with Vice President Biden’s Office of Domestic Policy. Later research in support of a Guatemalan girl’s asylum claim reinforced the intersection of immigration with human rights and social justice. Catalina deferred admission to Yale Law School to serve as an IJC Community Fellow at Part of the Solution, where she provides legal aid to immigrants in the Bronx. After earning her J.D., she plans to practice immigration law with a focus on policy reform.