“I was born in Brownsville, a Texas border community, and I saw from a young age what many immigrants and low income people went through there. I knew even then that I wanted to help give back to my community. I wanted to be a human rights lawyer.

I would go on to learn that poverty law is sort of the U.S. equivalent of international human rights law. And it was only while studying for the bar exam one day that I learned what consumer law was, how it could be used to sue bad people who exploit the poor, and get money back into the hands of people who need it.

Since then, I spent almost 13 years as a legal aid attorney, advocating for economic justice and the rights of survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking — work that is often challenging, but allowed me to directly help people in need.

I will miss directly representing consumers, but high-level policy work is critical because so many big decisions are made without the input of people who know how they affect consumers on the ground. I’m looking forward to continuing to serve my community — just in a slightly different way.”

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