Equal Justice Works Fellow
Sponsored by Verizon & DLA Piper, LLP.
Lorena joined Day One in 2017 as an Equal Justice Works Fellow, sponsored by Verizon and DLA Piper, LLP. Lorena’s fellowship project is called “The Single Mother Empowerment Project.” The project goal is to empower young mothers from immigrant communities who are survivors of Intimate Partner Violence by providing advocacy through direct representation and educational trainings.
Lorena was born and raised in Miami, Florida, by a single mother who immigrated from Nicaragua. Her upbringing taught her the strength and resilience of women like her mother and how, with the right resources, they can raise children with better outcomes and higher quality of life. For her BA, she attended Middlebury College in Vermont. In between attending college and law school, Lorena traveled to the Middle East to learn about women’s experiences in countries seemingly dissimilar to the United States. After an extended period of teaching English in Egypt, she traveled to Afghanistan to teach and direct the academic affairs of an all-girls boarding school. In both Egypt and Afghanistan, Lorena found that women had one core similarity to her own experience: a strength and resilience she saw in her mother and sees in the immigrant women of today’s America. She returned to the U.S. to attend Fordham University School of Law. While at Fordham she was a Stein Scholar for the Public Interest, a competitor and Associate Editor for Fordham’s Moot Court team, an Associate Editor for Fordham’s International Law Journal and Fordham’s Latin American Law Students Association president her 3L year. During law school she interned in the immigration unit at NYLAG, the immigration and family law unit at NYC Legal Services-Bronx, the Civil Rights Practice Group at Newman Ferrara, LLP, Day One NY and NAACP-LDF. At graduation, Lorena was awarded the prestigious Monsignor James J. Murray Prize for Achievement in Public Service. She is delighted to have joined the Day One team and hopes to contribute to the organization’s incredibly important work.