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Aurora Vasquez

United States  
Excluded Worker Project
Joined July 2017
Interests: Gender-based violence, Labor & Employment, Livelihoods, Right to Information, Women's Rights
A long time community-based civil rights attorney with an emphasis in voting rights, immigrant justice (including economic justice for low-income workers), and addressing gun violence, my choice to become a public interest attorney was influenced by my experiences growing up with immigrant parents who labored as migrant farmworkers. A firm believer in a participatory democracy however, using my lawyering skills to partner with community to strengthen and protect their right to self determination was a natural fit. Over the course of my career I have partnered with a variety of marginalized communities to help them not only achieve but institutionalize their vision for change, without having to resort to litigation. This includes teaching community how to strategically engage decision-makers, how to analyze existing laws and draft new ones, how to create policies and practices that engender equity and economic opportunity, for instance.

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