I was born in El Paso, Texas and raised across the border in Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua by my mom and her parents. My mom and I commuted to El Paso so that I would go to public school and she would go to work. The commute was stressful and long, but necessary. I graduated from Brown University with Honors and a double-concentration in Environmental Studies and Ethnic Studies. I went on to The University of Texas School of Law and have been practicing law at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc. since 2004, where we provide free legal services to people who are poor. After law school, I adopted Max, a Border Collie, Pit Bull mix who radically changed how I advocate for animals and the people who love and depend on them.