Hailing from Barrio Logan in San Diego, Jonathan Verdugo is a first generation Xicano and the second of eight children born to a Mexican mother. As a young child, Jonathan had formative experiences with the criminal justice system- recalling police raiding his home and being in and out of juvenile detention facilities. These experiences influenced his views and steered him toward pursuing a legal education. Jonathan is a 3L at the University of San Francisco School of Law and wants to dedicate his life to combating the scourge that is mass incarceration. He believes it is the civil rights issue of our time and he wants to give a voice to the voiceless and zealously advocate on behalf of communities that have been forgotten and relegated to the margins of society.