Sandra Guzman

2023 RBG Scholarship Recipient

This fall, Ms. Guzman is entering her fourth year at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. Her interest in advancing the rights of immigrants, especially women, resulted from the unfortunate experience of being involved in her deportation proceeding at 19 due to a notario’s incorrect legal advice.

After graduating from college, she was awarded a fellowship with the Immigrant Justice Corps (“IJC”). As an IJC Fellow, Ms. Guzman represented low-income immigrants at Bronx Legal Services, primarily women and seniors.

During law school, Ms. Guzman volunteered for the Permanency Project for Victims of Crime, where she helped women asylees apply for lawful permanent status. She also volunteered to assist immigrant women impacted by the 2018 ICE raids at several agricultural processing farms.

Last summer, Ms. Guzman worked on various immigrant and Fourth Amendment issues for the ACLU. This summer, Ms. Guzman is working with the Workers United Local 50. Ms. Guzman hopes to find employment with the state and federal government or at an impact litigation non-profit organization that will allow her to continue working at the intersection of immigration issues and economic equity after law school.