Legal Services Coordinator/DOJ Partially Accredited Representative
As a legal services coordinator, Guadalupe provides general support to the Refugee Representation team. She assists clients and their pro bono attorneys on asylum cases, conducts screening interviews of potential clients, writes case assessment intake reports, and assists with ongoing case management.
As a Department of Justice (DOJ) partially accredited representative, Guadalupe directly represents clients before the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) under the supervision of attorneys. She helps clients secure various immigration-related benefits, including asylum, employment authorization, and adjustment of status.
Prior to joining Human Rights First, Guadalupe worked as the managing legal assistant at the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition in Washington, D.C., where she provided legal orientations, legal screenings, and direct services to unaccompanied children detained in Office of Refugee Resettlement facilities. She also managed their client database and helped supervise legal assistants, program assistants, and interns. Her work with detained unaccompanied children occurred during the family separation crisis initiated by Trump administration policies.
Guadalupe holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is fluent in Spanish.