Joanna’s experience growing up in a mixed-status family in Arizona has inspired a deeply personal commitment and focus on immigrant rights. Before law school, Joanna worked extensively with detained unaccompanied minors as a legal assistant for the Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project. While attending City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law, Joanna interned at The Door and New York Lawyers for the Public Interest and was a student attorney in the Immigrant & Non-Citizen Rights Clinic. Additionally, she helped organize the first CUNY School of Law delegation trip to Dilley, TX, assisting mothers detained at the South Texas Family Residential Center in preparing for their credible fear interviews. As an Immigrant Justice Corps Justice Fellow at Central American Legal Assistance (CALA), Joanna will be representing Central and South American asylum-seekers in removal proceedings.