Jess Flores is a Capital Defense Investigator with the Habeas Corpus Resource Center, a state agency that represents indigent client's on California's Death Row. Prior to working at the Habeas Corpus Resource Center, Jess worked at Centro Legal de la Raza as an Immigration Paralegal serving as the primary support to a team of attorney's representing detained immigrants seeking asylum and other forms of relief from deportation before the Immigration Courts and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Prior to Centro, she was a legal assistant at Disability Rights Advocates, where she assisted attorneys that represented youth in impact cases challenging discrimination against youth with disabilities. In her time working in legal services, Jess has been committed to advocating for representation, inclusion, and retention of employees with marginalized identities, accountability, equity and justice in the workplace. She is passionate about learning restorative justice practices to address harm and using these tools in all aspects of her life, work, and healing.
Jess graduated with a B.A. in Community Studies, with a focus on immigration in the United States, and a minor in Latin American Latino Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2016. During her time there Jess co-coordinated GENTE, a bilingual conference for low — income parents and high school students from the Central Coast, served as a Board Member of Engaging Education, a student-initiated outreach and retention center for student engagement and academic excellence, worked at the Watsonville Law Center, a legal services center that serves the Central Coast, and was a member of Los Mejicas, a Mexican folkloric dance group. In her free time, Jess enjoys cooking vegan tamales and being outdoors with her pup Aguacate.