Cristal is passionate about empowering and advocating for members of low-income communities, and brings with her a wealth of experience. Before joining Lawyers’ Committee, Cristal worked as a Pro Bono Program Associate at Bay Area Legal Aid, as a Legal Assistant at the Immigration Center for Women and Children, and as a member of AmeriCorps Justice Corps program. Cristal’s experience includes planning, developing and participating in pro bono legal advice clinics, providing legal information to self-represented litigants, coordinating and maintaining client cases for placement with pro bono attorneys, conducting client communications (including intakes) in English and Spanish, drafting client declarations and translating documents in English and Spanish, and overseeing and mentoring student interns.
Cristal credits her time at De Anza Community College as significant to her growth as a community organizer and activist. At De Anza, Cristal graduated with the first cohort of students that received a Certificate in Leadership and Social Change. As a former undocumented child, Cristal’s most valued college experience was advocating for undocumented college students through various internships. She went on to graduate with a B.A. in Ethnic Studies from Mills College. After graduating, Cristal joined UC Berkeley’s Destination College Advising Corps where she advised and supported high school students from East Side San Jose about their college options. Cristal is a proud first generation college graduate preparing to become an activist lawyer.
Cristal spends her time raising a fierce 4-year-old with her husband in Oakland, reading about powerful women, and planning her next interior design project.