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P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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Daily Guerrero, 2016

JD, Columbia University

Daily Guerrero is an immigrant from Dominican Republic

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a JD at Columbia University

From an early age, Daily developed a passion for understanding cross-cultural conflicts and how people adapt to living in a new country. She envisions a career that allows her to use her narrative and advocacy skills to empower immigrants. Her dream is to become both an author and an attorney.

Daily was six years old when she immigrated to the United States with her mother from the Dominican Republic. She grew up in Utica, New York, a place the New York Times called “a city of refugees,” because a quarter of the population is made up of refugees. She left Utica to attend Harvard University, where she founded the Harvard College Dominican Student Association, organized a three-day conference for over five hundred Dominican students and professionals, and became the deputy campaign manager for the first Latino city councilor, and subsequently, vice mayor of the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

After earning her bachelor’s degree, Daily went straight on to Columbia Law School. At Columbia she joined the new Immigrants’ Rights Clinic as a Spanish interpreter and later as a student-attorney. Working with a clinic partner, she represented a political asylum seeker in a detention center and in just a month and a half, learned how to conduct a trial and won his case.

She is a member of the Columbia Law Review, interned for the Honorable Denny Chin on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and will be interning at Human Rights First during the summer of 2016. After graduating from law school she will pursue a public interest career in human rights and immigration. 

Education
  • JD | Columbia University 2017
  • BA | Harvard University 2014
Work History
  • Human Rights First, Refugee Representation Legal Intern | June 2016 - August 2016
  • Honorable Denny Chin, Second Circuit Court of Appeals, Judicial Intern | January 2016 - April 2016
  • Morningside Heights Legal Services, Inc., Student Attorney | September 2015 - December 2015
  • LatinoJustice PRLDEF, Legal Intern | June 2015 - August 2015
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