Karen Herrera

Southwestern Law School

Latina Lawyers Bar Association



Karen Herrera is a first-generation law student and daughter to Salvadoran immigrants. She grew up in the Koreatown neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA, where many residents, including her parents, struggle with immigration and workplace issues. After obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Politics & Latin American Studies from UC Santa Cruz, Karen assisted undocumented victims of crime at the Central American Resource Center by helping them obtain immigration relief. During her 1L summer, Karen worked at Inner City Law Center with unhoused veterans, helping them navigate the complexity of the VA to obtain benefits. Karen is currently a Law Clerk at the Wage Justice Center where she assists day laborers experiencing wage theft. In law school, she was an active member of the Public Interest Law Committee, Homelessness Prevention Law Project, Labor and Employment Law Association, and the Eviction Defense Clinic. Drawing upon her experiences and practicing with an intersectional approach, Karen aims to work in labor and immigration law to ensure that immigrant communities are able to achieve the equity and justice they deserve. Karen is a 3L at Southwestern Law School.

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