Daisy Perez | CHIRLA

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Daisy Perez

Title: 
Legal Fellow
E-Mail: 
dperez@chirla.org
Daisy is a Legal Fellow at CHIRLA. She prepares Naturalization and DACA applications, under supervision of a DOJ Accredited Representative, and manages CHIRLA’s satellite office in El Sereno. 
 
Daisy was born in Los Angeles to immigrant parents and notes that CHIRLA has been a strong presence throughout her life. When she was a little girl, her mom would take her to CHIRLA organized immigrant right’s demonstrations and she vividly remembers being one of over 1 million demonstrators during the May Day 2006 March. Through high school, she was involved in her local Wise-Up! chapter and had the opportunity to travel to Sacramento as part of a CHIRLA lobbying effort. 
 
Daisy went on to attend the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, PA, where she studied Sociology and Political Science. Her main research interest was in mass incarceration, specifically prisoner reentry efforts, though she also completed projects analyzing past immigration policy and examining the effect DACA has had on immigrant youth. After she graduated from Penn in 2017, Daisy postponed immediate career opportunities to focus on her own growth and evaluate her career aspirations. 
 
Following consistent attacks from the Trump administration on the immigrant community, Daisy felt a strong calling to work at the organization that gave her so much hope as a youth. She began by volunteering as an interpreter for a CHIRLA staff attorney conducting intakes at an immigration detention center and officially joined CHIRLA’s legal team in early 2018.