Carolina Rizzo was born and raised in Uruguay, but moved to the United States upon completing high school. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 2009 with a B.A. in Latin American & Caribbean studies and international relations & human rights. Carolina is passionate about public service, international human rights and policy and advocacy on behalf of Latinos. In college, she received a Social Change and Community Service Award for her involvement with the local Latino community through “Migrants and Immigrants’ Rights Awareness”, a student-led community organizing group.
In 2012, she obtained a J.D. from American University Washington College of Law. During law school, Carolina was a legal intern at MALDEF, a democratic policy intern in the Office of Senator Harry Reid, and a volunteer at CARECEN. As a student attorney in the International Human Rights Clinic, she represented a Salvadoran asylum seeker in the Baltimore Immigration Court. After law school, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Marielsa A. Bernard, the first Latina judge in Montgomery County, Maryland.
As a CHCI Law Graduate Fellow, Carolina will apply her legal skills to the public policy-making process. She hopes to gain valuable insight into the intersection between immigration policy and foreign relations.