Stephanie Flores is a senior from El Paso, Texas, majoring in English and pursuing a BDP interdisciplinary certificate in Human Rights & Social Justice. Throughout her time at UT Austin, Stephanie has focused her studies on state violence and its impacts on disenfranchised communities. Coming from a bi-national community, Stephanie’s academic interests include immigration and human rights violations, specifically at the U.S./Mexico border. Stephanie is proud to have grown up in a city like El Paso, where immigrants share their cultures and form communities while seeking opportunities within our borders. Yet, she believes this pride is not something legislators and policies can teach--one must live it. To that end, Stephanie realizes that to reverse negative narratives and protect lives at the U.S./Mexico border, pursuing a legal career as an immigration attorney would serve her and her goals nicely. Stephanie will be attending law school in New York City this upcoming fall. She is interested in pursuing a legal career as an immigration attorney to be the first line of defense for migrants in difficult situations undergoing hardship during their immigration process and be a part of revising the surrounding narrative about communities along the U.S./Mexico border.