Our guest is Carmen Chavez CEO and attorney for Casa Conelia a non-profit immigration law center. Her mother was an activist that took Carmen and her brothers to demonstrations, picket lines and many community activities. At the age of 14 Carmen attended a Chicana leadership conference in Los Angeles and from that day forward she knew she wanted to be an attorney. Because of attending meeting with her mom she had the opportunity to meet many of the activist from the Chicano Community. When she reached SDSU she knew the director of EOP Gus Chavez, people that were involved with MECha. Carmen was soon attending meetings and soon was in leadership roles with MECha. After graduating from College she went to work for the County of San Diego. She saw many of the problems the underrepresented communities were faced with and decide she wanted to work in service to others. Carmen had an internship with an immigration service organization. This internship helped direct her to becoming an attorney. Her work at Casa Cornelia has been rewarding as well as difficult. Casa Cornelia provides legal services to undocumented immigrants. The work with children, unaccompanied children , domestic violence as well as with those immigrants that have faced discrimination in the work place.

1 Growing up in San Diego / 2 Activism at a very young age. learing to work wit others. / 3 Carmen finding her path to law school. Helping others. / 4 Casa Cornelia and it services.