Laura comes from a mixed-status family of immigrants from Puebla, Mexico. After being empowered by the Chicago-based Immigrant Youth Justice League, she joined both local and statewide efforts to organize for immigrant rights. During college, she participated in and led campaigns to pass pro-immigrant legislation in Illinois and to create institutional change for undocumented students at her campus. In 2019, she was a Peggy Browning Fellow at the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice. In 2020, she participated in Northern Illinois University’s inaugural COVID-19 Legal Response Clinic. In law school, Laura was active in both the Latinx Law Student Association and the Black Law Student Association. As an IJC Justice Fellow, Laura looks forward to joining the Advocates for Human Rights, where she will assist low-income clients in immigration matters with a focus on humanitarian protection for asylum seekers, human trafficking survivors, unaccompanied children, and detained immigrants.