Joanna Martin

Joanna Martin

2018-2019

Class of 2019  

Dilley Statement:

I am a 3L student at Chicago-Kent College of law, a Los Angeles native, and proud daughter of Mexican immigrants. I am very involved at school and have been on the executive board of 5 student organizations including the Hispanic Latino Law Student Association, American Constitution Society, and the Immigration Law Society, on the Student Alumni Board, a BARBRI representative, as well as working on independent research regarding Immigration law and Constitutional law.

I am passionate about public interest and working towards a public interest law certificate. I have beenĀ Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) fellow at The National Immigrant Justice Center where I worked on asylum cases for LGBTQ individuals fleeing their home countries because of violence and persecution.

After the 2016 election many people were scared and confused but in the midst of that many people saw the need to jump to action. While attending a panel about Immigration law and the Trump administration, Samantha Lloyd, a Chicago-Kent alum, talked to Kent students about an amazing experience she had where she was able to help some of the most vulnerable people. The opportunity was a trip to Dilley, Texas to volunteer at the South Residential Family Detention Center. After hearing her story, I knew this was something that she needed to do. I reached out to Rebecca Spira and thus began the journey to making this trip a reality.

As a daughter of immigrants, I knew that I would go to law school to take advantage of the privilege I had and use that to help my community, the community of immigrants. I am passionate about helping marginalized communities and sees this trip and an amazing opportunity to do so.

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