Jennefer Canales-Pelaez

KIPP Texas Public Schools – Houston Alumna

Jennefer has advocated for immigrant rights from the age of 11 when she advocated for her father’s immigration status to the President at the time, George W. Bush. Although her father was ultimately deported, she learned that emotions alone aren’t enough, and you need legal authority behind your word. Since then, Jennefer has dedicated her life and career to ensuring that no one else experiences the trauma she felt at the age of 11. She graduated from Occidental College with a B.A. in Sociology and earned her Juris Doctor at Southwestern Law School. Jennefer has been involved with ICE out of LA, Southwestern Immigration Law Clinic, National Immigration Law Center (NILC), Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project, Immigrant Defenders Law Center (IMMDEF) and worked with the Los Angeles Immigration Court. Jennefer also serves on the board of the National Lawyers Guild Los Angeles Chapter.


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