As a Latina immigrant, born and raised in Mexico, Karen has personally experienced the hardships immigrants face in the U.S. Her family’s experience with the U.S. immigration system has shaped her passion to become an attorney dedicated to immigration law.
After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Spanish from San Diego State University, she went on to obtain a Juris Doctor degree from California Western School of Law. While in law school, Karen served on the board of California Western School of Law’s Immigration Law Society and La Raza Law Student Association.
Karen is dedicated to pro bono service and has gained valuable experience in various types of immigration matters while working with organizations such as Casa Cornelia Law Center and the Southern California Immigration Project. She was awarded the Wiley Manuel Award for her pro bono work with the immigrant community. More recently, Karen has focused her career on employment-based immigration, assisting on matters such as Adjustment of Status and H-1B extensions.
Karen is a fluent Spanish speaker. During her undergraduate career, she earned a Certificate in Translation and Interpretation Studies.
In her spare time, Karen enjoys traveling and spending time with her loved ones.