During the height of the Trump administration, Melissa worked for Al Otro Lado Border Rights Project in Tijuana, Mexico where she managed the Pro Se Asylum Clinic. Melissa has also interned for Centro de los Derechos del Migrante and the UCLA Center for Immigration Law and Policy. Prior to graduating from the UCLA School of Law, Melissa served as the Co-Executive Director of Law Students for immigrant Justice and Editor-in-Chief of the Chicanx-Latinx Law Review. As an IJC fellow, Melissa will be working at the University of Chicago Immigrants’ Rights Clinic under its clinical director, Nicole Hallet.