As a first-generation American, my parents emigrated to the United States when they were very young adults. I watched them struggle to overcome language barriers and discrimination, then bounce back each time people—who were aware of their disadvantaged circumstance—took advantage of them. Despite those obstacles, my parents worked tirelessly to make ends meet and - by the Grace of God as well as the support of their local faith community - they found a way to provide for my sisters and I. They made sure that we never took for granted the value of education.
They told us, “people can take everything from you, but they can’t take away your knowledge”—and that adage has shaped me. I saw firsthand how my family members and the people I grew up with battled poverty, crime, and health disparities and fell victim to systems that forgot about them or left them behind, due to their lack of resources and lack of access to advocates. Standing in the gap for those people is the mission that drove me to law school and now, working on their behalf, is what has sustained me in this profession. Helping those who can’t help themselves, and defending their civil rights is an extension of my faith made manifest.
In law school, I found that volunteering as translator for the Asylum and Human Rights Clinic, and working as a student attorney in the Criminal Defense Clinic is where I felt most aligned with my purpose. It has been through tremendous mentorship and training at various organizations throughout my career that I’ve been blessed to learned the language and develop the skills needed to advocate for myself and others. I came to Ruane Attorneys with the sole objective of giving back to a community that looks like me, serving those who have been traditionally underserved, and representing those who are most often misrepresented. I’m grateful to be working alongside a compassionate team of individuals, who are personally and professionally committed to social justice and in the fight for those on the margins in our society.
When I’m not in the service of others, I’m spending time with my family, self-centering, and creating or experiencing beauty. I’m also fighting for the future that I want for my family and praying for peace on this planet.