Jacqueline Fernandez

Jacqueline joined the Center on Immigration and Justice in August 2018. She is a program analyst with the center’s Unaccompanied Children Program. Prior to coming to Vera, Jacqueline worked as a program officer at a small non-profit and conducted after-school programs on education, careers, and community engagement for immigrant high school students in Maryland for two years. Jacqueline previously worked as an immigration intern at the Law Firm of Higbee & Associates and as a congressional intern in the House of Representatives with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.

She graduated from Pomona College with a double major in Latin American Studies and International Relations, and focused on studying immigration within those fields. During college, she spent a semester studying abroad in Germany in a European Union program, where she furthered her studies in immigration to Europe and immigration within the EU. Her senior thesis was focused on the immigrant experiences of Latin American mothers in the U.S. She was born in Mexico and grew up in Santa Ana, California.