Christina Angélica Avalos
Skadden Fellow at CHIRLA
📣 ChangeLawyers Fellow
Christina Angélica Avalos is the proud daughter of Mexican immigrants, a first-generation college graduate, and a social justice advocate. Growing up in a low-income, immigrant community she personally witnessed the various systemic issues facing communities of color and has dedicated her life to challenging these systems of oppression. After graduating from UC Berkeley, Christina worked with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to address migrant protections issues in various parts of the world. Then, as a paralegal with Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), she worked with hundreds of children seeking asylum, fighting to increase the services available to them and assisting with their legal cases.
While attending UCLA School of Law, Christina volunteered at the border and within detention centers to improve access to legal counsel for vulnerable migrants; she won asylum for a client through UCLA’s Asylum Clinic; she co-authored a 9th Circuit appeal brief on behalf of a woman who was unjustly denied asylum; and she founded a student-led Bond Advocacy Clinic where students won bond and secured the release of three immigrants in detention. She has interned and volunteered with organizations such as the CARA Pro Bono Project, Centro Legal de la Raza, the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project, and Al Otro Lado.
Christina is currently working as a Skadden Fellow with the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), where she assists families who have been separated by immigration enforcement. She aims to bring a holistic and intersectional approach to immigrants’ rights advocacy where public interest attorneys in various fields collaborate to address the complex issues facing the immigrant community, in addition to strengthening coalitions across non-Latinx immigrant communities for a more inclusive movement for social change.