Alma is a first-generation Mexican American, and has worked at the Legal Aid Society since 2007. Before joining the Decarceration Project, Alma worked as an attorney in the Parole Revocation Defense Unit, the Manhattan Criminal Defense Practice, and as a criminal immigration specialist in the Immigration Unit.
Alma obtained a B.A. from Furman University, while there, she interned at the South Carolina Legal Services and was a volunteer interpreter at the Juvenile Diversion Services in Greenville, SC. While earning her J.D. from Penn State University Dickinson School of Law, Alma interned at the Defender Corporation, Greenville, SC, and with Friends of Farmworkers. She was also a volunteer researcher for Leonard Weinglass.
Alma’s entire work history has focused on the injustice perpetrated against the poor; particularly the impact of criminal prosecutions on communities of color, and the subsequent immigration consequences on immigrants and the undocumented. Her work at the Decarceration Project furthers her desire to have a positive impact, one client at a time.