As an advocate of immigrant’s rights, Anabel has worked in various positions assisting undocumented children and families in their immigration cases before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Executive Office for Immigration Review. Anabel’s passion in helping the indigent immigrant community stems from her personal experience having once been undocumented herself.
Most recently, Anabel worked as a paralegal casehandler at The Legal Aid Society, where she assisted unaccompanied minors fight their removal proceedings and was part of the legal team that responded to the separation of children and parents at the U.S.-Mexico border under the Zero Tolerance Policy.
Prior to working at The Legal Aid Society, Anabel worked as a project assistant at Sanctuary for Families assisting survivors of domestic violence and trafficking in applying for immigration relief to remain in the U.S lawfully. At Sanctuary for Families, she developed an innovative program for vulnerable unaccompanied immigrant teenage girls to recognize unhealthy relationships and access free community resources in New York City.
In 2013, Anabel moved to the Rio Grande Valley and worked as a paralegal at the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project in Harlingen, Texas where she provided legal assistance to unaccompanied children in removal proceedings detained in federal detention shelters. Anabel worked through the largest surge of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in history and helped children connect with pro bono counsel throughout the United States.
Anabel earned her Bachelor’s degree from City University of New York, Herbert H. Lehman College.