Crystal graduated from Georgia State University, where she earned her bachelor’s in political science. After interning for GALEO, she realized that she wanted to work in the policy and advocacy field. She was a legislative aide for the then Minority Leader, Stacey Abrams. She also worked as a field organizer for the New Georgia Project and the Democratic Party of Georgia. She was an AmeriCorp VISTA at the Latin American Association, serving as Coalition Coordinator for two years.
At the end of her service year, she decided to get her master’s in public administration at Georgia State with the hopes of being able to use her degree to promote positive policies that help people live better lives. After graduating, Crystal worked as the Policy and Legislation Program Coordinator for the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the oldest and largest Latino advocacy organization. In her role at the organization, she informed the CEO on various policy issues that affected the Latino community and formed relationships with allies at other organizations and congressional staff.
She was born and raised in Georgia. Her family is originally from Michoacán, Mexico, and she currently resides in Gwinnett with her family and their chihuahua Rambo.
Recent Posts by Crystal
World Refugee Day and Immigrant Heritage Month: How Welcoming is Georgia?
Over the past year or so, Georgians have grown increasingly aware of the challenges faced by refugees resettling in the state. A new report provides a wealth of information on how refugees in the U.S. fare over time and how they affect our local communities.
PRESS RELEASE: Mental Health Parity Act Lacks Sufficient Support For Georgia’s Immigrants
RELEASE: Mental Health Parity Act Lacks Sufficient Support For Georgia’s Immigrants ATLANTA — Today, the Georgia Budget and …
Over-Represented Among the Vulnerable, Under-Protected In the Pandemic: Georgia Immigrants Deserve Better
As the pandemic continues, one glaring outcome has been increased disparities between certain groups. During the beginning of …
New Administration, New(ish) Immigration Rules: Policy Continuity and Change Under President Biden and the Experience of Georgia Communities
Key Takeaways Georgia has 18,000 DACA recipients. These recipients rely on DACA to be able to work and …
Immigrant-Inclusive Tax Credits Are More Important Than Ever
Key Takeaways The changes made to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC) …