I started my professional career working at a cultural exchange agency that brought over international students to work in the USA, on a four month visa program. It was a fun job at a niche industry that provided me with the opportunity to travel around the world. After six years there I changed careers and became a freelance interpreter, working mostly in the medical field. My idea was to become an interpreter in the courts but after a volunteer experience at the DA’s office in Hayward, California, I had a change of heart and decided to go back to school and finish my degree. That experience working as a victim witness, helping people who have been victims of crime navigate our complex court system, gave me an insight into what I really wanted to do. Using my bilingualism and working with populations that need support with services and advocacy is what I want to focus my future career on. After a couple of years of working as a freelance interpreter, and working at the DA’s office in conjunction with that, my husband and I bought a business. I dedicated the first year and a half to getting that started with him until I got pregnant and then decided it would be a great time to continue with my education. I have dedicated the last two years of my life to my education with the hope of graduating in May. In addition to school I have also been a full-time mom and I feel very lucky that I have been able to spend the fist few years of my daughter’s life with her.
Volunteering has been a part of my life ever since I can remember. As a little girl we would help out at orphanages every Christmas season, and around the low income areas of the city with different community projects. The sense of service has been instilled in me from an early age so I have always incorporated volunteering to my life style. Most recently, I have been volunteering with the domestic violence center La Casa de las Madres in different capacities at their women’s shelter and also helping with their crisis line for around four years. Also, for the past five years I have worked as a volunteer interpreter at the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights. In addition to these two volunteer jobs, I volunteered for an entire year at the DA’s office in Hayward working as a victim advocate. All of these jobs have been rewarding and interesting and they have only reinforced my passion for working with undeserved populations.