When the tough gets going, the going gets tough. My parents raised me to never give up in any situation, regardless of the obstacles I might face. I was born and raised in Yonkers by my Colombian father and Salvadorian mother. With their guidance, I have learned to overcome society’s walls when it comes to being a minority.
I am currently a rising sophomore at John Jay College pursing a B.S. in Criminal Justice, along with a minor in Law. I am passionate about law and law enforcement and plan to pursue a career in either field. I do not want to constantly sit behind a desk. I want to be on the front lines, reducing crime, and changing the standards of criminal justice practices, especially as it applies to minorities. My work experience has prepared me for a few key aspects of the legal field. Through the DOIT Department at John Jay, I have enhanced my computer skills; a growing demand for law enforcement professionals. Through Habitat for Humanity, I have built relationships with families in need and worked with groups in various settings. I plan to enroll in law school to complement these skillsets with a holistic legal education.
Being an ANY fellow will give me the opportunity to enhance my networking abilities and provide me with mentors in the legal profession. After these next two years with ANY, I am certain I will become a leader who is better equipped to achieve his goals.