Theresa Edwards of Seattle, Washington, graduated summa cum laude from Occidental College in May 2018 after earning a B.A. in Diplomacy & World Affairs and Spanish Literature with a minor in Politics. She returned to Los Angeles in August 2019 after completing a dual-country Fulbright research fellowship in Bolivia and Peru, where she studied the application of international human rights law to high-conflict zones where there is an overlap of natural resource concessions, indigenous territories and national protected areas. Theresa’s prior work experience includes internships at the Sociedad Peruana de Derecho Ambiental (Perú), the Centro de Estudios Jurídicos e Investigación Social (Bolivia), the International Rescue Committee, and at the Permanent Mission of Guatemala to the United Nations. Theresa interned at Esperanza with the Pro Bono Program in 2016 and the Community Education Program in 2018, two experiences that helped shape her interest in immigration law. She is thrilled to now be joining the Esperanza team as a paralegal! In addition to working with unaccompanied minors and adults, Theresa is passionate about other issues related to international law, environmental justice and human rights in the Americas. In the future, she hopes to pursue further education and research. Theresa is a strong advocate of prioritizing self-care and mental health. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, baking desserts, exploring LA’s coffee shops and snuggling with her cat, Mateo.