Jennifer is a first-generation college graduate. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of California Santa Barbara. Though she was born in Oakland, she lived in Guatemala for part of her childhood until her parents decided she and her brother would have better opportunities in the United States. She grew up hearing the stories of how her family came to be and always took an interest in immigration law. While in college, she worked closely with a developmental psychologist and conducted literature reviews on the effects of family stresses on child developmental outcomes among Latino families in the United States with and without legal status. She also interned for an organization that assisted the undocumented community in Santa Barbara and Ventura County. Jennifer plans to attend graduate school in the near future to further her education to become an example for the younger generations in her family. Jennifer is fluent in Spanish.