As the daughter of Nicaraguan immigrants, Ruth (she/her) has been passionate about social justice from a young age. She is currently a 2L at American University Washington College of Law where she is a Public Interest Public Service Scholar and an aspiring civil rights attorney.
Before going to law school, Ruth worked as a paralegal for two years at Mobilization for Justice (MFJ), an NYC-based legal service organization that assists low-income New Yorkers. Ruth was a paralegal on both the Government Benefits and the Immigration Law Projects. In her role, she assisted individuals with legal problems relating to Public Assistance, Food Stamps, and Disability Benefits, often representing claimants at administrative hearings. She also assisted immigrants in various stages of obtaining lawful statuses by preparing applications for Asylum, and other forms of immigration relief. Before MFJ, Ruth was a Policy and Advocacy Summer Fellow and spent her summer with the NYC Department of Homeless Services (DHS), where she advocated for an expanded workforce to meet NYC’s growing shelter needs. Before her time with DHS, she was a Teach for America Corps Member, and taught Pre-K in Washington Heights, while earning her Masters in Teaching.
Ruth graduated with her B.S. from Cornell University, where she studied Sociology, Policy Analysis, Demography, and Business.