Director of Legal Services
Carmen oversees all aspects of the delivery of legal services to clients at LACLJ. She has nearly twenty years of experience serving low-income individuals in family and immigration law. Among the projects she oversees are LACLJ’s domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking projects and LACLJ’s pro bono program, which pairs attorneys with survivors of domestic violence seeking representation at their restraining order hearings. Driven by her passion to help others, she has led representation for hundreds of domestic violence survivors in family court and immigration proceedings and overseen precedent-setting appeals.
Prior to working at LACLJ, Carmen was an attorney at Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County where she represented survivors of domestic violence in family law and immigration matters, and worked in the Shriver Access to Justice Project assisting tenants with unlawful detainer proceedings. Carmen also previously worked at Break the Cycle where she represented teen survivors of domestic violence in family law matters. Prior to becoming an attorney, Carmen interned at the YWCA of San Diego County assisting survivors of domestic violence in family law matters and at the Gay and Lesbian Center of San Diego County assisting clients living with HIV/AIDS with accessing benefits.
Carmen’s parents emigrated from Cuba and taught her the importance of fairness, justice, and the rule of law. She was raised with an understanding of how critical access to justice is.
Carmen received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Central Florida with a minor in Women’s Studies before graduating from California Western School of Law.
Carmen is active in numerous Los Angeles County bar committees including the Family Law Executive Committee, the Access to Justice Committee, and the Judicial Appointments Committee. Carmen previously served as Trustee for the San Fernando Valley Bar Association. Carmen was awarded the 2020 Los Angeles Domestic Violence Council Betty Fisher award for her service to survivors of domestic violence.