A native New Yorker born to immigrant parents who came to the U.S. in search of economic security, José is ever-conscious of the marginalization of immigrants. While attending Columbia Law School, José gained experience in a variety of immigration law matters and organized law students and advocates to empower immigrant communities through Know-Your-Rights workshops at Bronx Legal Services. As an extern at the Center for Popular Democracy, he contributed legal research to a campaign aimed at disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline in New York City public schools. At the Environmental Justice program at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, José provided legal support to New York City communities in their efforts to create healthier environments for neighborhood residents. José is placed at Catholic Migration Services’ Removal Defense Project where he works to empower underserved immigrant communities and strengthen immigrant families.