Coming Full Circle: Interview with Karla Cruz, LRCL Attorney

Leer en español What sparked your career interest in immigrant rights? KC: My interest initially was sparked when I was a student at University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC). As a major in Politics and Latino Studies, I was considering a few different paths for my career. I potentially wanted to go to law school, become a Latinx professor, or perhaps earn my Doctorate Degree. Karla Cruz, Esq. is a Staff Attorney at La Raza Centro Legal. Karla has a long-standing commitment to serving the immigrant community of the Bay Area. Karla is proud to be a daughter of Salvadoran immigrants. Ultimately, I decided to pursue a career that would allow me to create a big impact on the world and on my local community. This idea became much more clear to me when I attended a labor conference while I was at UCSC. At the conference there was a powerful presentation delivered by a Latina attorney, Rocio, from LRCL and I was blown away by the work they do in the Bay Area Latinx immigrant community. I immediately wanted to learn more about the work of La Raza and how I could play a role.  How did this kickstart your journey with LRCL? KC: That presentation was just the starting point to my career journey. It got me very interested and wanting to learn more about the legal world. After that conference, I looked into seeing if they needed any summer volunteers. I had just started studying for the LSAT and was open to any type of work that was needed. Luckily, LRCL was looking for bilingual law...