Jessie’s interest in being an immigration attorney began in 2013 while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer and living in a predominantly Haitian community in the southern Dominican Republic for three years. During law school, Jessie interned at the Legal Aid Society of New York City interviewing, counseling and preparing cases for unaccompanied asylum-seeking minors, the Appalachian Research and Defense Fund, a civil legal aid organization in eastern Kentucky, and at Catholic Charities Community Services in New York City working on impact litigation and asylum cases. During law school, Jessie also served as the co-chair of Fordham OUTLaws and the Immigration Advocacy Project, was a Stein Scholar for the Public Interest, and was a legal extern in Fordham’s Legislative and Policy Advocacy clinic for a year. Jessie is excited to work on detained removal defense, non-detained removal defense, asylum, and U and T visa cases while at the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation in Sacramento, California.