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CHCI Intern
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada
School: University of Virginia
Major: Political Science
Placement: The Office of Rep. Steven Horsford

Lorena was born in La Habana, Cuba. She then migrated to Gran Canarias, Spain and later to Las Vegas, Nevada. As a proud daughter of a hard-working single mother, Lorena grew up experiencing the difficulties of being a first-generation Hispanic immigrant in the U.S. Her mother’s sacrifice to make a living in this country and provide for her has inspired Lorena to use her education as a way to make a positive difference in the world. She hopes to dedicate her life to improving the immigrants’ rights domestically and internationally.

Lorena is currently a student at the University of Virginia, where she studies Political Philosophy and Legal Theory. Upon completing her undergraduate degree, Lorena hopes to attend Law School and pursue a Juris Doctorate with an emphasis on Immigration and Human Rights Law. Her ultimate career goal is to become an Immigration & Human Rights Law professor and help to reform the U.S immigration system. On her free time, Lorena is involved with various organizations at her University where she actively works to create a more inclusive environment for first generation students of color.

As a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute intern, Lorena aims to develop skills to better serve the Hispanic community, strengthen her knowledge of the legislative process, and learn to navigate Capitol Hill as a member of an underrepresented community. She hopes to use this experience to empower members of her community and create a path towards Hispanic excellence in Washington D.C.