Andy Grove Immigrants’ Rights Fellow

Sandy (pronouns: she/they) is crimmigration strategist, who organizes at the intersection of criminal justice and immigrant rights with abolition practices. Sandy is an immigrant from Zacatecas, Mexico, who has spent most of her life in the Bay Area. Sandy graduated from Sonoma State University, where she obtained her Bachelors in Psychology. Sandy led leadership development and campaign strategy while at the California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance (CIYJA), where she served as the Executive Director. She has organized grassroot efforts to build community defense models to stop the criminilization, detention and deportation of immigrant communities. Sandy has organized and led campaign victories such as the TRUST Act, Health for undocumented young adults, TRUTH Act, Due Process for All, Dignity Not Detention Act (SB29), AB 103 (creating state oversight of immigration detention), and AB32 (banning private prisons and imigration detention centers). Sandy is ILRC’s new Andy Grove Fellow.