June 27, 2018

Karla Pérez Remarks at #ACS2018

Karla Perez

2018 Equal Justice Works Fellow
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Karla Pérez, 2018 Equal Justice Works Fellow, gives remarks at the 2018 ACS Convention.

Karla Pérez graduated in May 2018 from the University of Houston Law Center. She was born in Mexico City and immigrated to Houston with her parents when she was two years old. A 2015 graduate of the Baer College of Business and the Honors College at the University of Houston, Pérez worked on immigration issues as an undergraduate and law student in her roles as President of the Youth Empowerment Alliance (an organization for undocumented students), Chairperson of the Mexican American Studies Student Organization, and at internships with the UHLC Immigration Clinic, MALDEF, Tahirih Justice Center, and Baker Ripley. During the 84th Texas Legislature, she was the statewide coordinator of the Texas Tuition Equity Campaign, which successfully protected in-state tuition and state financial aid for undocumented students in Texas. She was named the 2015 Future of Texas honoree by the Austin-based Center for Public Policy Priorities, a recognition awarded to a visionary young leader who is working today to ensure the best Texas for future generations. She has been selected as a 2018 Equal Justice Works Fellow and will be sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP and The Texas Access to Justice Foundation and hosted by the Tahirih Justice Center in Houston, TX where she will represent immigrant women and girls who are survivors of gender-based violence. Pérez is proud to be a DACA beneficiary serving on the national board of United We Dream.

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