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Nydia Gutierrez

Loyola Law School Los Angeles

Nidya Gutierrez is a second year law student at Loyola Law School Los Angeles. She participates in the Immigration Law Society, National Lawyer's Guild and La Raza de Loyola.

Nidya is a strong advocate for survivors of domestic violence, victims of crimes and immigrants. Since college, Nidya has worked directly with disadvantaged immigrant communities in Los Angeles, including asylum seekers, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitioners and unaccompanied minors from Mexico, Central America and South America. She has experience partnering with domestic violence agencies to assist victims and educate the community about their rights.

Nidya has deep empathy for her survivors of crime and abuse. She states, "There have been countless occasions where I have felt completely overwhelmed with anger and sadness due to what these individuals have been forced to experience. No human being should ever be subjected to that kind of abuse." Nonetheless, Nidya is a fierce advocate for immigrants who are often voiceless in the legal system and face cultural and language barriers.

A recipient of a $500 SOAR for Justice Scholarship, we congratulate Nidya for dedicating her time to ensuring immigrants and children find safety and security in the U.S.