Loyola University Chicago

Center for Experiential Learning


Cristina Rodriguez

Cristina Rodriguez
Anthropology & Criminal Justice

The immigration services that Catholic Charities provides to its clients are life changing. Many clients are low-income, are victims of crimes, and come in fear of deportation, and the department helps them get to a place where they can overcome their fears. As an intern, my role can vary from day to day, such as helping translate documents, composing legal summaries to immigration, and working with undocumented victims of domestic and sexual abuse and helping them apply for status. Everyday, I come face to face with the reality of what it means to be an undocumented migrant living in the United States and learn more on how I can help to make this experience easier on those who experience it. This internship allows me to not only learn about immigration law but at the same time advocate and help those who are less fortunate achieve the pathway of legal immigration status.