Featured Lawtina: Sandy Torrez Chavez

Born and raised in Mexico, Ms. Sandy Torrez, is a Mexican Attorney advocating for International Human Rights Law. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Law, from the University of Colima; in 2017 she obtained her Masters Degree in International Human Rights and Peace, at Western Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Guadalajara, Mexico. She advocates for Women's Rights through CLADEM Mexico, an international NGO network of women's organizations and activist; was Coordinator of the Legal Department of the Jalisciense Institute for Migrants in Guadalajara City; was part of Migrant Woman, a successful project that was launched by the Federal Government of Mexico to improve gender and immigration studies and at the same time to help immigrant women in regard of their immigration status and violence against them.

In 2016, she worked as an International Attorney holding a Professional NAFTA TN Visa, on cases involving torture, domestic violence, family separation, unaccompanied minors, LGBTQ discrimination, and other human rights issues, her labor is dedicated to humanity and her commitment is to show diversity is what makes humans humane.

Ms. Torrez shared her personal side of her story with LawtinaJD.com: 

"I am an Attorney licensed in Mexico working in the United States in the human rights and immigration field. I was born and raised by a single mom in a little town in Jalisco, Mexico. I went to law school at the University of Colima. I needed to wake up every day at 5 am to take my bus to get to the school in the state of Colima, which was the closest.

After 5 years I finally graduated. Yes, a low-class woman from a town raised by a single mom, finally became a lawyer. I always wanted to do immigration and human rights, but 10 years ago in Mexico, nobody was paying attention to that, so it was hard to find a job, in fact, I never did. I had to work in a different field but I always kept in mind what I wanted to do.

In 2015 I got a scholarship to do a master degree in human rights in the best school in Guadalajara, at Western Institute of Technology and Higher Education, ITESO in Spanish. I felt honored, after years and after working so hard I was finally starting to see my dreams to come true.

The following year, after breaking up my engagement I moved to the United States. I was offered a job in a human rights and immigration law office in Los Angeles, California. Yes, my dream finally came true, or at least the very beginning of it, but now I can feel it, I can touch it, I can live it every day in a great law office.

Moving to the United States was not easy, but goals are never easy, they take time, patience, compassion on yourself, passion for what you do, love for others, and strength, that is what you will need the most, strength to fight, to persist, to accomplish, and to never stop being yourself."

I am still pursuing my goals, and I am building them with strength and love. At the end I am just another immigrant woman in the United States, doing her best to show that Latinas can make any dream come true in this world."

You're an incredible person, Sandy. Thank you for sharing with us! 

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