Regina Calvario

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Director

Regina Calvario was born and raised in Mexico City; she migrated to the United States at age 16. She was the first in her family to attend High School in the U.S.

As an undergraduate student at UCSD, she studied International Studies, International Migration, and Sociology. She was President of the Human Rights Organization at UCSD and was co-author of a book published by the Center of Comparative Immigration Studies on the impacts of migration on the mental health of indigenous migrants.

After obtaining her B.A., she worked as a Consular Officer for the Protection and Legal Assistance Department of the Consulate General of Mexico in San Diego and as a Program Associate for the Institute of the Americas. She volunteered as a pro-bono interpreter for Casa Cornelia.

As a law student at California Western School of Law, she was an oral advocate for CWSL’s Jessup team, President of the Women’s Law Caucus, and Auction Chair of the Public Interest Law Foundation. She was an intern at the International Organization for Migration-U.N. Migration Agency in Geneva and at Higgs Fletcher & Mack’s immigration law team. She participated in Access, Inc.’s immigration law clinic providing legal aid to survivors of domestic violence.

She is passionate about defending the rights of migrants and currently works as a removal defense attorney at Jewish Family Service, providing free legal representation to indigent immigrants. She is a member of La Raza Lawyers and Lawyer’s Club of San Diego.