Jessica’s two-year fellowship beginning Fall 2020 will support tribal communities and child welfare systems to prevent, identify, and address the commercial sexual exploitation of native youth in California through legal advocacy, education, and collaboration. Centuries of eradication, erasure, and assimilation-based policies sought to separate and destabilize native families. As a result, a deep mistrust between native communities and local, state, and federal governments developed. These policies have resulted in native youth facing higher than average rates of addiction, suicide, health disparities, and low academic achievement. One of the most pernicious remnants of this systematic oppression is the ongoing commercial sexual exploitation (CSE) of native youth. Despite legal and policy changes across the state, recognizing that CSE is an issue of child abuse, little has been done to address this issue among native youth. Jessica aims to bridge the gap between local and state governments and tribal communities so youth can receive access to culturally appropriate legal services. Jessica’s experiences as a parentified minor and first-generation woman of color drive her to advocate for youth and other vulnerable populations. Jessica is a graduate of UC Hastings College of the Law.