Guadalupe Fernández joined Tahirih in 2015. As the Houston Office’s Policy and Advocacy Manager, she is responsible for leading the development and advancement of Tahirih’s local and state-wide advocacy projects and campaigns to transform the policies and practices that impact immigrant survivors of gender-based violence. Guadalupe is committed to addressing interpersonal violence within the larger context of institutionalized violence and oppression that impacts our communities by building collective power among survivors, advocates, and allies.
Guadalupe previously served as a Fully Accredited Representative through the Department of Justice and is allowed to practice before both DHS and the Executive Office for Immigration Review, which includes the immigration courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals. She joined Tahirih as the Children’s Legal Advocate, where she was responsible for ensuring that immigrant child survivors of violence and their families were empowered to navigate the complicated legal and social systems. Guadalupe came to Tahirih with a wealth of experience working with migrant children and families. Prior to Tahirih, she worked at Catholic Charities Houston as the Lead Legal Caseworker for the Child Advocacy and Legal Services Program. In Washington DC, Guadalupe was on the steering committee of the DC Detention Visitation Network and completed internships at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN). Currently, Guadalupe serves on the Public Policy Committee for the Texas Council of Family Violence, the Immigration and Racial Equity taskforces of the Texas Family Leadership Council, the Harris Co. Housing Stability Taskforce, and on the Community Working Group advising the Monitor Team for the O’Donnell Consent Decree. She is a graduate of the Advocacy Learning Center hosted by Praxis International and Camp Wellstone.
Guadalupe is the proud daughter of immigrants and a first-generation college graduate from Georgetown University.
“I am inspired by our migrant community and the resiliency of the survivors we serve.”
Education: Georgetown University, BSFS
Hometown: Blue Island, IL