Sophia Carrillo is a lawyer and human rights advocate. Her career was inspired by her comparative international experiences and childhood growing up on the U.S./Mexico border. She has represented people seeking asylum, executive clemency, and served women and children in immigration detention.
She has worked with the Trans-Border Institute, the U.S. Department of Justice Office of International Affairs, the Executive Office of the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Southern District of California, the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Legal Counselor at U.S. Embassy The Hague, the Counterterrorism Section of the Department of Justice's National Security Division, and as a clerk to a federal judge.
Sophia began working with government to amplify the voices of traditionally underrepresented communities. Her pathway to political advocacy began while advocating for the passage of The Girls Protection Act of 2011, and she has been involved with local boards, non-profits, and government ever since. She served in city government with the Executive Office of the Mayor in Washington, D.C., and has volunteered with voter protection efforts in Arizona.
She attended the Women's Campaign School at Yale in 2015 and was selected as an United Nations Association of the United States (UNA-USA) Representative to the 60th Commission of the Status of Women. She is also an Emerge CA bootcamp alum.
Sophia is a Stanford Law graduate. She also dabbled in graduate studies through Harvard University's Extension Program, studied international justice and post-conflict transitions in The Hague, and human rights and media in the United Kingdom through a Fulbright special program.
In her free time, Sophia partners with different organizations to boost civic engagement in the Latinx community.