Karen Pérez-Wilson


Bilingual Paraprofessional, Middleton Cross Plains Area School District

Karen Pérez-Wilson received a B.A. in Legal Studies and Chican@ Latin@ studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2019. Karen grew up undocumented and has navigated the U.S. educational system becoming the first in her family to obtain a college degree. Currently, Karen works with bilingual students and their families in the Middleton School District where she serves as a Bilingual Paraprofessional. Aside from work, she engages in numerous community initiatives volunteering her time and expertise as a bilingual-bicultural community member. Within recent years, Karen has been a leader and co-conspirator in support of social justice issues. As an immigrant, Karen actively engages within the immigrant and undocumented/DACAmented community. She has assisted with legal matters at the Community Immigration Law Clinic and has completed 80 hours of pro-bono services in detention centers in Texas. Not only has Karen been a local spokesperson, but she has also been a strong advocate through “United We Dream”, lobbying and organizing national campaigns like the Dream Act. Since then, Karen continues to devote her time participating in panels, organizing local actions, events, and workshops. Most recently, she co-founded the Madison ICE Response Network to provide support to those threatened by ICE raids in Wisconsin. Karen is currently finishing applying to law school and would like to practice at the appellate level. Ultimately, she would like to be a judge. Karen loves the outdoors and spends any free-time exploring cities and trying new foods with her girlfriend Ashley and their twelve-year-old dog Chispa.