Jessica joined IEL in December 2017. As a program associate, she supports IEL's Vocational Rehabilitation Youth Technical Assistance Center, a groundbreaking initiative that provides state vocational rehabilitation programs and related professionals with technical assistance and training to help more effectively serve youth with disabilities.
Prior to joining IEL, Jessica interned as a Law Clerk for the U.S. Department of Justice. Under the Environment and Natural Resources Division, she did extensive research on prior legislation as well as writing about findings and supported attorneys in organizing paperwork and information in preparation for trials, hearings, and depositions. Jessica was also a refugee and migration Intern at Save the Children, an international non-governmental organization that promotes children's rights, provides relief, and helps support children in developing countries. There, Jessica reviewed and edited proposals and reports prior to submission to donors, including the U.S. Department of State and the UN Refugee Agency.
This spring, she will be volunteering her time as a child advocate with the Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights, a human rights organization that serves as trusted allies for children while they are in deportation proceedings, advocating for their best interests, and standing for the creation of a dedicated children’s immigrant justice system that ensures the safety and well-being of every child.
Jessica graduated from George Mason University with a major in International Affairs concentrating in Global Economy and Management and a minor in Cultural Anthropology. While at Mason, she studied Arabic language in Rabat, Morocco and took classes on foreign investment and global development at the University of Havana in Cuba.
Jessica speaks English and Spanish and is learning Arabic.