Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona
School: Arizona State University
Major: Criminal Justice
Placement: The Office of Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
Francisco Fernandez is a first-generation Mexican American born in Mesa, Arizona. His parents immigrated from Mexico in order to give their children a better life. At a young age, Francisco’s parents instilled in him the importance of education in order to be successful. Although, the journey has not always been easy, his parent’s sacrifices continually motivate him to pursue his dreams. He is working hard to be in a position where he can give back to the community that has given so much to him.
Francisco is a graduating senior at Arizona State University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He is an AmeriCorps member and provides services at the Maricopa County Superior Court. He has also interned at the Sandra Day O’Connor Federal Court House with pretrial services, and has made recommendations to the judge on whether defendants should be released or detained from the community. Francisco plans to attend law school after he completes his undergraduate degree.
As a CHCI Intern, Francisco hopes to combine his passion for law and his understanding of the legislative process to advocate for minorities affected by unjust policies. He wants to give a voice to the voiceless, and one day serve in political office.