Featured Lawtino: Christian Villatoro

So excited to share our most recent Featured Lawtino’s story! Thank you Christian and keep making your community proud! 

“My name is Christian Villatoro and I am currently a rising 2L at Rutgers Law School in Newark, New Jersey. I am also one of the incoming Co-Presidents for the Association of Latin American Law Students. I was born in Newark, NJ and grew up in Kearny, NJ which is is Hudson County. I am very proud to be from Hudson County but even prouder to have been raised by Salvadoran immigrants. My abuela first arrived in Newark in the 70's and worked for a Cuban family in North Newark. In 1981, she was finally able to afford the rest of her family's passage from El Salvador, allowing my mother and her siblings to escape the civil war. Through hard work and perseverance, my family overcame many struggles that come with being immigrants and created a life for themselves. 
Although we didn't have much growing up and financial struggles were always a norm, I grew up very happy and always surrounded by family. My closest friends were always my brother and cousins and I couldn't ask for a better upbringing! My family's experiences also instilled in us a strong work ethic and a resilience that has allowed me to succeed academically. Additionally, going to school in Hudson County has allowed me to always be surrounded by diversity which gave me the ability to relate to many people from different backgrounds. 
I went to Rutgers - New Brunswick where I studied Political Science and Criminal Justice. After graduating, I worked at a non-profit in Newark, NJ called La Casa de Don Pedro which has allowed me to strengthen my dedication to the community and empowering the disadvantaged. After Rutgers Law School, I hope to one day become an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey. 
I hope to bring positive change to the communities I serve and I especially hope to be an example for other young Latinx kids who share my story. I want them to know that although the challenges they face may seem impossible to overcome, they will always succeed if they stay optimistic and work hard.
 
Many of us Latinx individuals living in the United States face a variety of challenges, but it is important to remember that working together and uniting is the most certain way we can elevate our community to new heights. We cannot forget that we are a vital component to the fabric that makes up American society and culture. For that reason I know that if I succeed, my entire community shares in that success with me.”