Hometown: Escondido, California
School: Occidental College
Major: International Studies
Placement: The Office of Rep. Mike Levin
Born and raised in San Diego, California, Francisco Esquer is currently a Junior at Occidental College. As a first-generation college student and second generation Mexican-American, higher education has been a fundamental pursuit. In 2015, Francisco was selected as a Global Citizen Year Fellow where he spent a year teaching and volunteering in the Amazonian province of Napo, Ecuador.
Upon entering his first year at Occidental College, Francisco was recognized as a Gates Millennium Scholar. He is currently pursuing a B.A. in Diplomacy & World Affairs with minors in Latinx & Latin American Studies and Critical Theory & Social Justice. Francisco has interned at the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) and the United Farm Workers Foundation in Los Angeles. He later returned to Ecuador with the US Department of State as a Consular Affairs Intern at the US Embassy in Quito, Ecuador. Additionally, Francisco has also been recognized as UCLA Law Fellow and as a US State Department Gilman Scholar.
As a CHCI intern, he hopes to gain a deeper understanding of the policy-making process and how government can affect tangible community change. Ultimately, he plans to pursue a joint J.D./ M.A. in human rights law and international policy studies.