Sophia’s immigrant background and commitment to justice are two of the guiding forces for her desire to be a part of the IHRC. At an early age, she decided to devote her life to becoming an advocate that pursues justice in service of others. Her father instilled the importance of education to follow her dreams, and after graduating high school in three years, she attended the University of Kansas, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Studies in three years.

Her interest in international relations deepened when Sophia interned with the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, where she attended Security Council meetings, wrote briefs for the Secretary of State’s Office, and conducted research. She was also exposed to human rights abuses and violations around the world. In addition, Sophia has also interned with Kansas Appleseed, a non-profit organization focused on immigrant and refugee rights, where she worked on advocacy campaigns and lobbied the Kansas
legislature to ensure in-state tuition for Kansas residents regardless of immigration status. She is excited to draw upon her experiences as a student attorney with the IHRC.

While at USC Gould, Sophia has been involved with the Latinx Law Students Association and the American Constitution Society. She is also an Honors Scholar. This past summer, Sophie was a legal extern at the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division for the Central District of California.

“I would like to protect that moral imperative in criminal justice systems around the globe. After all, human rights abuses will continue to live on if there is no fair outlet for justice to be served.”