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Jennefer Canales-Pelaez

Jennefer joined Tahirih in 2019. As an Immigration Staff Attorney, Jennefer represents immigrant women and girls who have suffered sexual assault before DHS, immigration court, and family court. Prior to joining Tahirih, Jennefer worked at a private immigration firm and at the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) located in Los Angeles, California. Jennefer has advocated for immigrant rights from the age of 11 when she advocated for her relative’s immigration status to the President at the time, George W. Bush. Although her father was ultimately deported, she learned that emotions alone aren’t enough, and you need legal authority behind your word. Since then, Jennefer has dedicated her life and career to ensuring that no one else experiences the trauma she felt.

I am inspired by Tahirih’s commitment to providing client centered representation that serves to empower each woman and girl we advocate for.

Education: Southwestern Law School, JD; Occidental College, BA

Languages: Spanish

Hometown: Houston, Texas